Arafat: Don't Count Me Out

Israel refuses to negotiate with him, and the U.S. pretends he does not exist, yet Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat makes his views known constantly to the diplomatic world via fax, cordless telephone and intermediaries. In a 90-minute interview with TIME correspondents Dean Fischer and William Dowell, Arafat expressed considerable bitterness toward the U.S., while stressing his own indispensability to Middle East peace. Excerpts:

Q. Are you happy with the assurances the U.S. has given the Palestinians?

A. Until now, it is not enough. The dialogue between the P.L.O. and the U.S. should be resumed. No double standards.

Q. How...

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