MIDDLE EAST: Guns and Olive Branches

"I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand." Yasser Arafat's tenor voice was urgent and his fluid arms moved to match his Arabic imagery last week as the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (TIME cover, Nov. 11) concluded an extraordinary 80-minute speech to the United Nations General Assembly. Arafat, dressed in a fawn windbreaker and brown trousers and wearing both his familiar black-and-white checkered kaffiyeh and a pistol holster, which aides insisted was empty, finished his...

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