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  • Delegates Convene in Tunis for Multilateral Talks on Water

    Some 150 delegates from the Middle East and elsewhere met this week in Tunisia to discuss regional water problems in the framework of the Madrid peace talks. The working group, which last met in June 1995 in Jordan, gathered Wednesday to discuss water management, conservation, data exchange and regional cooperation. It is one of five… More ▸

  • Israelis Join in Tunisian Rite

    An Israeli official participated for the first time this week in the annual Leg B’Omer pilgrimage festivities on the Tunisian island of Djerba. Israel recently launched diplomatic relations with the Arab nation by opening an economic interest section. A Tunisian interest section in Israel has been delayed, but is slated to open soon. The annual… More ▸

  • Ties with Tunis Warming Up

    In the latest sign of warming ties between Israel and Tunisia, Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres recently wrote a letter of holiday greeting to the president of the North African Muslim nation. The letter, in which Peres said he prays “to the Almighty that all children of Abraham may live in peace and fraternity in… More ▸

  • Israel’s Peace Dividend Extends to Tunisian Ties

    After several fits and starts, Tunisia has joined the circle of peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The North African country and Israel agreed Monday to establish low-level diplomatic relations by trading interest sections. Tel Aviv and Tunis will exchange interest sections by April 15, which are a step toward full diplomatic relations but… More ▸

  • Tunisia and Israel Move Closer Toward Low-level Diplomatic Ties

    Tunisia and Israel have agreed to open economic interest sections in Tunis and Tel Aviv soon, according to news reports here. In October, the two countries announced that they would exchange interest sections in March, but the move was delayed because of disagreements over a Tunisian plan to dispatch a representative to the Palestinian-governed Gaza… More ▸

  • Tunisia Adds Its Name to the List of Those Initiating Ties with Israel

    In a move reflecting greater international acceptance of Israel in the wake of its peace initiatives with the Palestinians, Israel and Tunisia have agreed to take a first step toward normalizing relations between the two countries. After meeting in New York on Saturday, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and his Tunisian counterpart, Habib Ben Yahia,… More ▸

  • Israel Offers Goodwill Gestures As Talks on Refugees Open in Tunis

    Israel has agreed to increase the number of Palestinians it allows to return to the administered territories from abroad each year from 1,000 to 5,000. And it will allow 10 Palestinians deported during the 1970s for political activities to return to the territories with their families. These goodwill gestures were announced by Israeli Deputy Foreign… More ▸

  • Israel Sends a Team to Tunis, in Part to Negotiate with PLO

    For the first time ever, Israel has sent an official delegation to Tunis, in part to discuss arrangements for Palestinian self-rule with officials of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is headquartered there. The trip is significant because Israel and Tunisia do not have diplomatic relations. Last week, Tunisian officials were quoted as saying their government… More ▸