Time Is Running Out : Israel grows impatient as the P.L.O. finds no home

Israel grows impatient as the P.L.O. finds no home

A deceptive calm descended late last week on the rubble-strewn streets of West Beirut.

Irrepressible merchants set up makeshift stands to hawk books, camping lanterns and underwear in front of shuttered stores. Shoppers discovered to their delight that abundant supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables had filtered through a leaky Israeli blockade posted along the Green Line that divides the capital. In the surrounding hills, Israeli soldiers played Ping Pong or strummed guitars to pass the idle hours. As a silver kite bobbed brightly in...

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