Sharon Speaks: We Are Facing A War

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spoke from his Negev desert ranch by phone Friday with TIME's Jerusalem bureau chief Matt Rees. Excerpts:

TIME: Your cabinet demands that Arafat rein in terrorists. Is this his last chance?

Sharon: He has an opportunity now. We have to understand that Arafat has made his strategic choices. Arafat has chosen the path of terrorism. The world hasn't always seen him for what he is. Now everyone is discovering the real Arafat. He is the greatest obstacle to peace in the Middle East, unfortunately. We are facing a war that has been forced upon us, a...

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