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Israeli Meeting Softened Plo, Shin Bet Official Reportedly Says

A Shin Bet official, testifying behind closed doors in the trial of four Israeli leftists who met with Palestine Liberation Organization officials in Rumania several months ago, maintained that the meeting softened the PLO stand toward Israel.

The official of Israel’s internal security service, identified only as Reuven, appeared as an expert witness for the defense. According to reports, he affirmed that while the PLO is a terrorist organization, it also operates on a political level representing the Palestinian nationalist movement. The meeting in Rumania moderated the views of the PLO people and strengthened the political arena, Reuven reportedly said.