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  • Israeli Security Firm in Spain Accused of Ties to Mossad

    An Israeli firm competing for multi-million-dollar security contracts in Spain has been accused by the news media here of association with Israel’s secret intelligence organization, Mossad. The company, International Consultants on Targeted Security, is one of several local and international firms bidding for security work at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and Expo ’92,… More ▸

  • Israeli Film Wins Spanish Prize

    An Israeli film, "Hakayitz shel Aviya" (The Summer of Aviya) won first prize at the International Film Festival in Valladolid on Monday. The movie, which stars 12-year-old actress Kaipo Cohen, was runner up at the Berlin Film Festival last February. The story, based on the true life experience of Gila Almagor, who wrote the script… More ▸

  • Habimah Cancels Madrid Performance; Seen As Setback to Relations with Spain

    Habimah, Israel’s national theater, has canceled scheduled performances in the Madrid Autumn Theater Festival next month, which Israeli and Spanish officials agree could threaten to set back the development of cultural exchanges between the two countries. The reasons given here for the cancellation vary from a dispute over who would pay the expenses of the… More ▸

  • Shamir Wins Partial Backing for Plan from Britain, Spain

    Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir wound up a five-day European trip here Thursday night, professing to be satisfied with the responses he got to Israel’s peace plan from the leaders of Britain and Spain. Although neither Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, with whom Shamir conferred in London earlier in the week, nor his Spanish host, Prime… More ▸

  • Spain Gives Shamir Warm Welcome, but is Ambiv Alent About Peace Plan

    Yitzhak Shamir, who is the first prime minister of Israel to pay an official visit to Spain, received a warm, personal welcome upon his arrival here Wednesday. But the prime minister faces a tough challenge in his effort to win Spanish support for the new Israeli peace initiative, whose main elements Shamir drafted. It is… More ▸

  • Spanish Foreign Minister Invites Arafat to Madrid for Peace Talks

    Spain is moving swiftly at the head of a European Community effort to bring Israelis and Palestinians together to talk peace. Spanish Foreign Minister Francisco Fernandez Ordonez has invited Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasir Arafat to Madrid for talks Jan. 27, E.C. sources disclosed here Monday. Fernandez himself will be going to Jerusalem Jan. 15… More ▸

  • With Spain at Helm of the E.c., More Contacts with PLO Planned

    Spain took over the rotating chairmanship of the European Community’s Council of Ministers Sunday and is likely to be deeply involved in Middle East peace efforts during its six-month tenure. The Middle East shares top priority on the E.C. agenda, along with East-West relations and the conflicts in Central America, a government spokesman in Madrid… More ▸

  • Portugal to Upgrade Ties with Israel

    Portugal will soon upgrade its diplomatic representation in Israel. President Mario Soares of Portugal told Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres here Sunday that his country has decided to appoint a resident ambassador to Israel and will do so “in a matter of months.” Portugal presently has a non-resident ambassador accredited to Israel. Israel maintains a… More ▸

  • Israel, Spain Fail to Resolve Dispute over Tourist Visas

    Complaints that Spain is niggardly and uncooperative in issuing Israeli citizens tourist visas and other entry documents were the subject of bilateral talks here Saturday and Sunday. But no progress was reported on the issue after two days of discussion between Yossi Beilin, political director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and his Spanish counterpart,… More ▸