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  • 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 ▸

  • 3 Members of Palestinian Team Go to Tunis, Resignations in Hand

    The apparent decision by three senior members of the Palestinian delegation to the peace talks to resign is being seen here as a reflection of deep divisions between the Palestinian leadership in the administered territories and Palestine Liberation Organization officials in Tunis. At the same time, the crisis is also being viewed by some as… More ▸

  • Arafat Snubs Two Knesset Members by Not Meeting with Them in Tunis

    Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasir Arafat snubbed Knesset members Yael Dayan and Abdel Wahab Darawshe by canceling a weekend meeting in Tunis at the last moment. Dayan, a Labor Party member who had traveled to Tunis with Darawshe of the Arab Democratic Party, voiced disappointment that the PLO leader decided to fly off to Yemen… More ▸

  • Tunisian President Urges E.c. to Step Up Pressure on Israel

    In a speech before the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Tunisian President Zin al-Abidine Ben Ali urged the international community to pressure Israel into stopping its “colonization of the occupied territories.” Ben Ali also urged members of the parliament to “recognize Palestinian people’s legitimate rights.” “The international community, and notably the United States and Russia, must… More ▸

  • German Foreign Minister to Visit Israel, Tunisia

    German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel will fly to Tunisia directly from Tel Aviv next Thursday, after a two-day official visit in Israel. But German sources here denied that the minister was planning a meeting with Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat, whose organization is based in the Tunisian capital. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin,… More ▸