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  • Jewish Groups Want More Details Before Deciding on Saudi Proposal

    With attention focused on the Saudi Arabian peace initiative, American Jewish groups are trying to determine if it’s in Israel’s best interest — and are trying to keep international expectations in check. Most Jewish groups are saying they need more details before determining whether Crown Prince Abdullah’s outline is a window of opportunity for the… More ▸

  • Support for Saudi Move Builds Ahead of Arabs’ Beirut Summit

    American and European diplomats are focused on a Saudi initiative for Israeli- Arab peace, but before the proposal can go anywhere it must get past Beirut. Arab League officials will convene in the Lebanese capital later this month for a summit that is expected to consider the Saudi initiative, which calls on Israel to withdraw… More ▸

  • Israel, U.S. Welcome Saudi Plan, but First Want to See More Details

    Both Israel and the United States are giving a cautious welcome to an initiative for Arab-Israeli peace from Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. Essentially an extension of the land-for-peace principle that has guided Arab-Israeli peacemaking for years, the plan calls for the Arab world to recognize Israel and offer diplomatic relations, economic ties and security guarantees… More ▸

  • Saudi Prince’s Peace Initiative Gets Interest in Mideast, Washington

    A new Saudi peace initiative has created a stir in the Middle East and drawn Israeli interest. The initiative, which Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah outlined in a recent interview with New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman, calls for Israel to withdraw to its pre-Six-Day War boundaries in exchange for full diplomatic relations, normalized trade and… More ▸

  • Lawmaker Backs Saudi, Saying U.S. Mideast Policy Should Change

    U.S. Jewish leaders are incensed over comments from a congresswoman who sought to tie last month’s terror attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon to American support for Israel. Giuliani objected to the prince’s comment that the terrorist attacks should cause America to “adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinian cause.” In a… More ▸

  • Saudi Arabia to U.S. Jews: Relations with Israel Will Come

    Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister told Jewish organizational leaders this week that his country would be ready for normalized diplomatic relations with Israel as soon as the Jewish state makes peace with its neighbors and that American Jews should lend their full support to the Israeli government in its quest for peace. Saud al-Faisal made the… 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸