World: An Interview with Arafat

"I have very few cards, but I have the strongest cards

Yasser Arafat talked for three hours last week with former TIME Chief of Correspondents Murray Gart, now editor of Time Inc. 's Washington Star, and TIME'S Abu Said Abu Rish in the Beirut headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Q. The Arab nations have designated the P.L.O. as the sole representative of the Palestinian people. What is it you want for the Palestinians, now and in the long-term future?

A. Our goal and our aim are to establish our independent state, our right to return to our homeland, from which we were...

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