The World: Arafat: We Are Not on a Picnic

Yasser Arafat, 44, still wears the green fatigues, desert boots and bullet-studded pistol belt of an underground fighter. But the founder of al-Fatah and leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization is now more politician and diplomat than guerrilla commander. He travels almost constantly around the Arab world, shoring up support for his movement. Arafat's zeal for the Palestinians' cause is undiminished, reported TIME Correspondent Karsten Prager after an interview with the P.L.O. chairman in Beirut, but it has become tempered with pragmatism. Excerpts:

MIDDLE-EAST PEACE. Until now, all of the parties who consider themselves involved in finding new equations for a solution...

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