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  • Ecuador to Bar PLO Office

    The government of Ecuador has no intention of allowing the Palestine Liberation Organization to open an office in this country, an official of B’nai B’rith International was told here yesterday. The assurance was given Daniel Thursz, executive vice president of B’nai B’rith International, at a meeting with Foreign Minister Louis Valenca Rodriguez. Thursz is on… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA Israel Embassy in Quito Hit by Terrorist Bomb

    The Israeli Embassy here was rocked by a powerful explosion this morning that left two people dead and a third seriously wounded. Israeli Ambassador Eliecer Armon, who was at work in his office but escaped unharmed when the dynamite charge went off, denounced the bombing as a “criminal act which has caused innocent victims.” The… More ▸

  • Foreign Minister of Ecuador Reassures Jewish Community Following Anti-semitic Incidents

    The Jewish community of Ecuador has been given assurances by Foreign Minister Luis Valencia Rodriguez that its safety and well-being will be protected in the wake of a recent number of anti-Jewish incidents described as “unprecedented” in that South American country, the World Jewish Congress reported. Valencia met in Quito with a delegation consisting of… More ▸

  • Sharon Says Detained Cargo Aircraft Was Carrying Arms for Ecuador, Not Argentina

    Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon said today that the Ecuadorian cargo aircraft, detained yesterday at Kennedy Airport here after a flight from Tel Aviv, was carrying arms for Ecuador. He said that Israel sold arms to Ecuador with “the approval and moral support” of the United States government. Sharon denied that the arms on the… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA Peru Issues Warning over Israeli Jet Sale to Ecuador

    — The Commander of the Peruvian Air Force, Lt. Gen. Luis Arias Graziani, has warned that if Israel sells Kfir fighter jets to Ecuador, Peru will expand its Air Force to maintain an “equilibrium.” Graziani raised the possibility of an arms race between the two uneasy neighbors following the conclusion of an official eight-day visit… More ▸

  • Ecuador Follows Venezuela, Uruguay to Move Its Embassy from Jerusalem

    Ecuador yesterday become the third South American country to announce it will move its embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv in the wake of the new Israeli law formally declaring-united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. As did Venezuela and Uruguay in announcing their decisions earlier, Ecuador insisted that its friendship for Israel is unchanged… More ▸

  • U.S. Remains Opposed to Israel’s Sale of Kfir Bombers to Ecuador

    State Department spokesman Hodding Carter said today that the Administration’s negative position on the sale of Israel-made Kfir jet fighter-bombers to Ecuador remains “unchanged.” He said the sale “would run counter to U.S. policy against the transfer of sophisticated weapons to Latin America,” the reason cited when the U.S. vetoed the sale last year. The… More ▸