Middle East: You Spoil This Naughty Baby

Yasser Arafat warns of an Israeli strike on southern Lebanon

The call came at 9:30 p.m.: Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, would grant an interview that night. Two hours later, Murray Gart, a Time Inc. senior editor, and TIME Beirut Correspondent Roberto Suro were led by a P.L.O. representative through pitch-black streets, past a checkpoint and two platoons of soldiers. It was just after midnight when Arafat welcomed the visitors to an air-conditioned, wood-paneled conference room at his Beirut headquarters. He spoke of his frustrations over U.S. support for Israel...

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