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  • 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 ▸

  • Israelis Angered over U.S. Aircraft Firm’s Move to Sell Jets to Ecuador

    Israelis were angered today by confirmed reports that a major American aircraft manufacturer is trying to sell combat jets to Ecuador after the U.S. government blocked the sale to that country of 24 Israel-made Kfir interceptors. Although talks are still going on with U.S. authorities to get the ban lifted, the Northrop Corp. reportedly began… More ▸

  • Outgoing Israeli Envoy Talks of Relations with Ecuador

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it was recognizing the credentials of Sinai Rome, newly appointed Israeli Ambassador to Ecuador will full diplomatic powers. He will replace the incumbent Ambassador. Itzhak Shefi, at the end of June. Rome, a career diplomat with the Israeli Foreign Ministry, has previously served in the Israeli Embassies… More ▸

  • Lai at Ecuador Exhibit

    Israel Aircraft Industries’ exhibit at the fourth international fair of Ecuador was officially opened yesterday by Israel’s Ambassador to Ecuador, Yitzhak Sheffi. Israel is one of 15 countries participating in the fair which attracts several hundred thousand visitors. IAI’s display includes presentations of a wide array of aerospace products and services being manufactured in Israel… More ▸