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  • Senator with Israeli-stamped Passport Allowed to Enter Saudi Arabia, Kuwait

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) has apparently become the first person allowed to enter Saudi Arabia and Kuwait with a passport indicating a previous visit to Israel. “With that simple but significant act of stamping my passport, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have removed another obstacle from the road toward peace in the Middle East,” Lieberman said… More ▸

  • Kuwait Says It Expects to Revoke Secondary Boycott Laws ‘very Soon’

    Kuwait will soon revoke laws barring contracts with foreign companies that do business with Israel, a Kuwaiti Embassy official said Thursday. Revocation is “only a matter of time” and will occur “very soon,” predicted Raed al-Rifai, spokesman at the embassy. Elan Steinberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress, welcomed that statement. The WJC also… More ▸

  • Kuwait to Stop Enforcing Boycott on American Firms, Envoy Reports

    Kuwait will cease to impose restrictions of the Arab League boycott on American companies bidding for contracts in the reconstruction of Kuwait, according to Thomas Pickering, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. “Let the U.S. now test that,” Pickering told Jewish leaders here Sunday. American firms are expected to receive 70 percent of the… More ▸

  • Kuwait Said to Be Taking Bids Only from Firms with No Jews

    Kuwait, doubly devastated by six months of Iraqi occupation and the seven-week Persian Gulf war, is still demanding that firms submitting bids for work in that country include statements that they are not Jewish and do not employ Jews, according to Israeli officials. The issue arises now particularly as Kuwait seeks to reconstruct its war-torn… More ▸

  • Kuwait, Saudi Arabia Deny Visas to Senator Because of Israel Stamp

    The Saudi and Kuwaiti governments denied visitor’s visas to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) because his passport contained Israeli entrance stamps. The move, a somewhat unexpected happening following the Persian Gulf war, was denounced Tuesday by Melvin Salberg, national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, during meetings of the group held here. Lautenberg, one… More ▸

  • U.S. Presses Kuwait to End Boycott of Firms Doing Business with Israel

    There is a growing feeling in Congress that one way Kuwait can show appreciation to the United States for its liberation is to end the Kuwaiti boycott of U.S. companies that do business with Israel. A letter, signed by 90 out of 100 senators, urging the emir of Kuwait to lift this secondary boycott as… More ▸

  • Israel in Close Touch with U.S. As Forces Move in to Free Kuwait

    Israeli government leaders have been in close contact with the Pentagon and the U.S. State Department since the U.S.-led ground offensive against Iraqi forces in Kuwait began before dawn Sunday. Foreign Minister David Levy said Secretary of State James Baker telephoned him with news that the ground assault had started. Levy said he looked forward… More ▸

  • Saudi Links Withdrawal from Kuwait to Solution of Palestinian Problem

    The Saudi Arabian foreign minister made a strong linkage Tuesday between resolving the crisis in the Persian Gulf and settling the Arab-Israeli conflict. Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Iraqi forces must leave Kuwait, “so that we can mobilize international legality to realize for the people of Palestine what will… More ▸

  • PLO Rejects Charge Iraq is Trying to Populate Kuwait with Palestinians

    The Palestine Liberation Organization has expressed ” astonishment” and “indignation ” over a statement last week by Belgian Foreign Minister Mark Eyskens that implied Iraq may be trying to set up a Palestinian state in Kuwait. The PLO, headquartered in Tunisia, sent a formal protest to the Belgian ambassador there through its envoy, Hakam Balaoui,… More ▸

  • Iraqi Troops Told Target Was Israel, Says Man Claiming to Be Kuwaiti Prince

    Iraqi troop who invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2 thought they were on a training exercise preparing “to conquer Israel,” according to a man who identified himself as a member of the Kuwaiti royal family in telephone interview Wednesday with Israel Radio. The troops were surprised to find themselves occupying a neighboring Arab country, according to… More ▸