chapter  5
Current Situation: External Developments
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The Reagan Administration was upset at the refusal of moderate Arab countries, especially of Jordan's King Hussein to accept the Reagan peace initiative of September 1982. Both the United States and Israel share the view that the pro-Arafat PLO is too weak to make a credible presentation of the Palestinian case. According to some estimates, King Hussein became even more hesitant to join negotiations on the West Bank. Other sources point out that the Arab states recently rejected a new secret peace proposed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.