Between self-interest and international norms: Legitimizing the PLO

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The dominant factor underlying the PLO's international legitimization since the late 1960s has been self-interest, primarily Arab pressure and great-power competition. Yet international norms also played a role in the process, with various states using different strategies to bridge the dissonance between self-interest and moral ideals: ignoring international norms; interpreting blurred norms in the light of self-interest; manufacturing 'normative alibi'; and saying one thing but doing another.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-378
Number of pages15
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • PLO
  • international legitimacy, Israel
  • international norms
  • self-interest
  • terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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