World: An Interview with Arafat

The P.L.O. 's head vows to fight on against Israel

Armed guards were everywhere, and the trip to the headquarters of the P.L.O. leader was made in secrecy. Yasser Arafat saw TIME Cairo Bureau Chief Dean Brelis and Beirut Reporter Abu Said Abu Rish in one of his hideaway offices in Beirut. He seemed confident, even buoyantly happy, as he talked for two hours. Excerpts:

On the P.L.O.'s conditions for peace. I have declared many times that without the Palestinian rights, without their rights to return to their homelands, without their rights for self-determination, without their rights to establish an independent state, there...

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