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Palestinian Liberation Organization- Can the Palestine Liberation Organization PLO justifiably claim to be the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people The PLO was set up in 1964 by an Arab League decision in response to growing signs of Palestinian unrest The Palestinians desired to reclaim the lands occupied by Israel which they felt belonged to them as said in the Bible In 1964 the Arab states created the Palestine Liberation Organization PLO While it was supposed to represent the Palestinians in reality it represented the views of President Nasser of Egypt who guided the formation of the PLO Its first leader made wild and irresponsible threats to drive Israelis into the sea and had little support among Palestinians for he was seen as a puppet of the Egyptians In the 1960s Palestinian students began to form their own organizations independent of control by Arab governments although the Syrians Libyans and Iraqis continued to fund and control particular groups Yasser Arafat founded an independent Palestinian-run party called Fatah He is said to have the backing for most of the recent past of about 80 of the Palestinian people The position of the Arab governments was that a PLO under Arab League supervision would be the best way of satisfying the demands made by an emerging Palestinian national consciousness Also it was felt that through such an organization Arab governments could control Palestinian political activities Ten years after its founding the PLO was raised to the status of government And in 1988 the PLOs status was to be raised again this time to a state in exile After several negotiations Arafat became a Terrorist leader and administrator of self-rule in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip In the 1967 Six
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