Persian Gulf

  • Saudi Bid to Join Gatt Facing Opposition over Boycott Stance

    Pro-Israel forces and their supporters in Congress are seeking to block a bid by Saudi Arabia to join the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade until it abandons the Arab boycott of companies doing business with Israel. Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D-Conn.) introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives last Friday opposing the Saudi bid… More ▸

  • Kuwait Says It’ll Stop Boycotting Firms That Do Business with Israel

    The Israeli government and American Jewish groups have lauded an announcement by Kuwait’s foreign minister that his country will no longer adhere to the “indirect” Arab boycott of companies that do business with Israel. Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah announced the policy change Tuesday in Kuwait, but said his country would continue to… More ▸

  • Saudi King Speaks of Benefits of Ending Arab War with Israel

    Optimistic statements about the prospect of peace with Israel, made last week by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Salam al-Majali, represent a positive change in attitude, according to Israeli officials. In a lengthy and wide-ranging message to 2 million Moslem pilgrims who came to Mecca last week for the annual… More ▸

  • Kuwait Rejects U.S. Request to End the Secondary Boycott

    Despite a direct request from U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Kuwait reportedly has refused to drop its boycott of companies doing business with Israel. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the emir of Kuwait, Sheik Jaber al-Sabah, was not responsive to requests to lift the boycott made by Christopher, who was in… More ▸

  • Man Identified by Visa As Jewish Decides Not to Go to Saudi Arabia

    After a month of off-again, on-again negotiations, a Los Angeles businessman has decided not to go to Saudi Arabia because his visa identifies him as Jewish. John Schwartz sought early last month to fly to Saudi Arabia to enter bids in an auction of U.S. war surplus materiel left behind at the end of the… More ▸

  • Saudi Arabia Reverses Decision, Will Allow Jew to Enter Country

    Hastily reversing an earlier decision, the Saudi Arabian government has promised to allow an American Jewish scrap metal dealer to enter the country and participate in an auction of U.S. war surplus material in the Arab kingdom. In a phone call Tuesday, an official of the Saudi embassy in Washington notified Los Angeles businessman John… More ▸