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  • Spain to Give Prestigious Prize to Descendants of Expelled Jews

    Spain is awarding one of its most prestigious prizes, the Prince of Asturias Prize, to world Sephardic Jewry, the descendants of the Jews expelled from Spain 500 years ago. The award was announced Friday by the Principality of Asturias Foundation in the northwest city of Oviedo, near the Bay of Biscay. The presentation is made… More ▸

  • King of Spain May Visit Israel, Arens Says on Return from Madrid

    King Juan Carlos of Spain has agreed in principle to make a state visit to Israel, Foreign Minister Moshe Arens announced Wednesday evening, upon his return from Madrid. This would be the first visit to Israel by a Spanish head of state, and one of the very few royal visits at all to the Jewish… More ▸

  • Arens Visits Portugal and Spain, May Return with Diplomatic Prize

    Foreign Minister Moshe Arens began a six-day official visit to Spain on Friday, following the first visit ever by an Israeli foreign minister to Spain’s Iberian neighbor, Portugal. But his otherwise routine sojourn in Lisbon was capped by a development reported in a somewhat mysterious and tantalizing addendum to the official account of what transpired…. More ▸

  • 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 ▸