January 13, 1964 Nasser at the first Arab Summit Meeting in Cairo


The PLO came into being as a result of a resolution engineered by Nasser at the first Arab Summit Meeting in Cairo, January 13 – 16, 1964. Nasser, aided by Syrian Prime Minister Amin al-Hafez and Iraqi president ‘Abd al-Salam ‘Aref, sought to forge a subservient Palestinian instrument with which to batter Israel, while at the same time restraining independent initiatives. (The first Fatah or al-Assifa operations were launched partly in reaction to the establishment of the PLO ― to show the world that the Palestinians were not going to be ruled or manipulated by fellow Arabs.)

Source: Morris, Benny. Righteous Victims. (p. 364)

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