[Diary of a Vengeance Foretold] Part 158
DECEMBER 7 1988
”We are astonished by reports of Mr. Arafat’s reception in Sweden and of his meeting with the Americans. […] If the reports of the meetings were true and Mr. Arafat was indeed received by high-ranking Swedish personalities, the impression here will be extremely damaging.” — Israeli Foreign Ministry Statement, Dec. 7, 1988
Today, Dec. 7 1988, the FAA issues a security bulletin to US embassies and airliners.
Pan Am was advised that the United States Embassy in Helsinki, Finland, has just received a warning that a Pan Am flight from Frankfurt to the United States would be the target of a bomb.
The notice will become known as the “Helsinki Warning.” The security bulletin reiterated the FAA’s earlier warning of a Toshiba radio bomb. The warning emphasized the difficulty of detecting this type of bomb by X-ray.
RUMINT — The Op Is Back on Track
According to a source close to Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, Ahmed Jibril, the founder and leader of the PFLP-GC, contacted Moshen Armen on Dec. 7, 1988. Armen is the head of Iranian Intelligence.
Jibril informed Armen that his organization has recovered from the setback caused by the Autumn Leaves operations during which 16 members of the PFLP-GC were arrested in Germany.
Jibril told Armen that three new persons have arrived in Frankfurt and that the operation will continue as previously planned.
Arafat in Stockholm
Today, Yasir Arafat flew to Sweden. The Swedish Foreign Minister, Sten Andersson, greeted Arafat at Arlanda Airport. Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson cancelled a visit to Paris to meet with the Palestinian leader. In the evening, an official dinner was held for Arafat.
During the day, the leader of the PLO met with five American Jews. The purpose of their meeting was to discuss the prospects for peace in the Middle East. 
The meeting will give rise to the so-called Declaration of Stockholm in which the PLO officially renounces all forms of violence and recognizes Israel right to exist. In the Declaration, the PLO also officially accepts the terms and conditions of UN resolutions 242 and 338.
The document is addressed to US Secretary of State Georges Shultz. However, under great pressure from the Reagan-Bush Administration, Shultz refused to issue Arafat a visa, thus denying him the possibility to attend a UN meeting scheduled to discuss the Palestine crisis.
Today, Mikhael S. Gorbachev condemned Shultz’s decision to deny a visa to Yasir Arafat.
NOTES AND REFERENCES
ARAFAT IN SWEDEN MEETS 5 U.S. JEWS- NYT, December 7, 1988