Hanna Siniora desperately clamors for "a rescue" of the Palestinians through testing Iraq's convoluted ideas {"A Palestinian's Plea," op-ed, Jan. 24}. He takes Iraq's declared intentions at face value and is unwilling to see the Iraqi deviousness. The Iraqi regime lives in a soap opera world in which everything it does or says is unreal. Linkage amounts to a perpetual consignment to misery and hopelessness.

The PLO and its cohorts committed an unforgivable crime against our people. Because of their bankruptcy and impotence, they tried to salvage what they could from the assault on the Kuwaitis.

Only after the liberation of Kuwait will the Palestinian issue be addressed. Only after the elimination of the injustice to which Kuwait is subjected will the world move to seriously think of the agony of Palestine.

The murderers of the Kuwaitis forfeited international credibility. The Kuwaitis will go back to their hearth with an incurable resentment to those who sided with the butchers and rooted for the criminals. ABDULLA Y. BISHARA Secretary General, Gulf Cooperation Council Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

In Hanna Siniora's article "A Palestinian's Plea" it is suggested that with the "minimum of good intentions, people of good will could have tested the intentions of Iraq by agreeing to open negotiations."

The intentions of Saddam Hussein were made quite clear with the invasion of Iran several years ago, the gassing of his own people, the invasion and destruction of Kuwait and the bombing of a nonconfrontational Israel.

Negotiation is a term incompatible with coercion, threats and deceitful behavior. And it will no doubt be difficult for Israelis to "negotiate" with Palestinian leaders who have outspokenly supported a man who has declared that he would like to turn Israel into a "crematorium."

Mr. Siniora asserts that "without any intimidation" Israel should work to resolve the "occupation" issue. Exactly. Without intimidation.

Mr. Siniora mentions "peaceful overtures" made three years ago by the Palestine National Council, but it is not enough for peaceful overtures to be made; they must be buttressed by action as well as words -- they must be credible.

SUZANNE L. MEYER Washington