1973 - 1988
The October War between Israel and the Arab states broke out.
The Arab Summit in Rabat recognized the PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. At the United Nations General Assembly, the UN reaffirmed its commitment to an independent sovereign state in Palestine and gave the PLO observer status at the United Nations. Yasser Arafat, chairman of the PLO, addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Egypt and Israel signed the Camp David Agreement under the auspices of the United States.
Israel invaded Lebanon with the aim of destroying the PLO. Tens of thousands were killed and made homeless in the wake of the invasion which culminated in the massacres of Sabra and Shatilla.
The United Nations called for the convening of a Peace Conference with the participation of the PLO on an equal footing with the other delegates as the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.
The 18th Session of the Palestine National Council (PNC) supported the convening of a UN- sponsored conference. In December the Intifada-the Palestine Uprising - in the Occupied Territories began.
Abu Jihad, Palestinian leader, was gunned down in his home in Tunis on 14April by the Israeli Mossad.
Jordanian disengagement - King Hussein of Jordan said he no longer considered the West Bank as part of his kingdom.
The PNC meeting in Algiers declared the State of Palestine as outlined in the UN Partition Plan 181.
British Junior Foreign Minister William Waldegrave met with Bassam Abu Sharif President Arafat's adviser, thus upgrading Britain's relations with the PLO.
Following the US government refusing President Arafat a visa to enter the US, the UN General Assembly held a special session on the question of Palestine in Geneva.
US/PLO dialogue began