Moroccan King Expresses Dismay over Dukakis Campaign Promises

King Hassan of Morocco expressed the hope Tuesday that Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis “will have a lapse of memory should he be elected.”

The monarch, in an interview with Le Monde, said, “I understand Mr. Dukakis’ electoral considerations,” but added that he hoped the Massachusetts governor, if elected president, would forget some of his electoral promises concerning the Middle East.

Dukakis has expressed unqualified support for Israel and has rejected a role for the Palestine Liberation Organization in peace negotiations until the PLO renounces terrorism and accepts Israel’s right to exist under U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.

The Democratic Party also rejected a platform plank at its recent national convention pledging support for a Palestinian homeland.

Hassan, who last year met with Israel’s Foreign Minister Shimon Peres in Rabat, said in the interview that he fully backs the PLO as the representative of the Palestinians.

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