Persian Gulf

  • Oman is 1st Persian Gulf State to Forge Relations with Israel

    Oman has agreed to forge trade ties with Israel, becoming the first Persian Gulf nation to establish relations with the Jewish state. The decisions to exchange trade representative came during a Saturday night meeting at the United Nations between Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and his Omani counterpart, Yusef Ben Alawi. The two were in… More ▸

  • U.S. Naval Officer Charged with Spying for Saudi Arabia

    A U.S. naval officer has been charged with espionage after he was accused of supplying government secrets to Saudi Arabia. The Navy has accused Lt. Cmdr. Michael Schwartz of passing information to Saudi Arabia’s military from November 1992 to September 1994 while he was assigned to the U.S. Military Training Mission in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,… More ▸

  • Beilin: Ties with Oman Are Moving Fast Forward

    Israel and the Persian Gulf nation of Oman are close to establishing diplomatic ties, Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin said this week. “The obstacles which existed in the past are gradually bring removed,” Beilin told reporters after meeting with the Omani foreign minister, Yusef Ben Alawi, on Tuesday in Cairo. Beilin said final details for… More ▸

  • Ties with Oman Delayed at Request of the Gulf State

    Israel and Oman have postponed a decision on when to establish low-level diplomatic ties. In a meeting held over the weekend at the Jordanian port city of Aqaba, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and his Omani counterpart, Yussuf ben-Allawi, discussed the opening of interest sections in their respective countries, but did not set a specific date… More ▸

  • Back from Historic Visit to Oman, Rabin Expresses Hope for Formal Ties

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin this week visited Oman, becoming the first Israeli head of state to visit an Arab Gulf nation. Upon his return, Rabin said the two countries hope to establish formal diplomatic ties in the near future. Rabin met with Omani leader Sultan Qaboos Bin Said on Monday to discuss the Middle East… More ▸

  • Kuwait Broaches Ties with Israel on Eve of Next Multilateral Talks

    The Persian Gulf state of Kuwait has expressed interest in establishing low- level ties with Israel. According to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, Kuwaiti officials conveyed their desire to exchange interest sections in a message sent via Egypt. The Foreign Ministry here said the message represented the first time Kuwait has indicate any interest in establishing… More ▸

  • Will Oman Be the Next to Tie the Knot? All Signs Point to the Arab Gulf State

    The Persian Gulf state of Oman may be the next Arab country to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel. Without providing details, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said Tuesday that an Arab state would take the step in January. According to local media reports, the most likely candidate is Oman. Strategically located at the tip of… More ▸

  • Israeli Delegation in Bahrain for Multilaterals on Environment

    An Israeli delegation led by Environment Minister Yossi Sarid arrived in the Persian Gulf state of Bahrain this week to participate in multilateral peace talks on the environment. Key issues on the agenda for the conference include developing a code of conduct for managing the environment and fighting marine pollution in the northern Gulf of… More ▸

  • Saudi Officials Assure Ajcommittee They Won’t Use Controversial Satellite

    Saudi Arabian officials assured the American Jewish Committee this week that they have no intention of using data from a controversial spy satellite for military purposes. The assurances came as AJCommittee leaders were in Riyadh as guests of Saudi King Fahd. “We came to learn about a country that until recent years was not accessible… More ▸

  • Kuwaiti Leaders Meet for First Time with American Jewish Leaders in D.c.

    Visiting Kuwaiti parliamentarians made their first-ever stop at the American Jewish Committee’s Washington office last week to discuss the Arab boycott and other controversial issues. Friday’s meeting marked the first time leaders of the Kuwaiti National Assembly met officially in the United States with an American Jewish organization, said AJCommittee’s Washington representative Jason Isaacson, who… More ▸