The Scene of the Siege

His electricity and landline phones had been cut by the Israelis, so Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat was using cell and satellite phones to reach nearby staff members and relying on a generator to power the lights in his office--at least until his utilities are restored.

When the phone lines are up again, Arafat need not wonder about their being bugged--Israeli agents have been listening in for years. Israeli intelligence officials tell TIME they have had access to almost every phone call, fax or e-mail that has gone out of Arafat's West Bank headquarters, located in a military compound called the...

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