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  • 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 ▸

  • Yemen, Moving to Establish Low-level Relations with Israel

    Israeli and Yemeni officials are discussing opening interest offices in each other’s countries as a first step toward establishing official ties. Foreign Minister David Levy on Monday confirmed reports that the director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Eitan Ben-Tsur, had met over the weekend in Europe with Yemen’s foreign minister. “We are maintaining channels of… More ▸

  • Israel, Oman Sign Water Accord

    Israel has joined with four other nations in establishing a regional center for research in desalination. The center, which will be built in the Persian Gulf state of Oman and have an operating budget of about $7 million for its first year, will coordinate research in desalination and will oversee the construction of various experimental… More ▸

  • Israel to Open Trade Office in Oman

    A group of Israeli officials departed for Oman this week to prepare for the opening of Israel’s first trade office in a Persian Gulf state. Diplomatic sources in the Omani capital of Muscat would not say when a formal ceremony would be held to mark the opening of the trade office. Israel and Oman signed… More ▸

  • Ajcommittee Makes First Visit of Jewish Delegation to Kuwait

    The American Jewish Committee this weekend became the first jewish group to pay an official visit to Kuwait, said David Harris, AJCommittee’s executive director. Harris and Jason Isaacson, AJCommittee’s director of international affairs, met with Foreign Minister Sheik Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah who expressed Kuwait’s support for the Middle East peace process and its wish that… More ▸

  • Yemen’s Foreign Minister Addresses Jewish Leaders

    A top official of the Republic of Yemen held an unprecedented meeting with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in New York last week. Abdulkarim Al-Eryani, Yemen’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, described his meeting with Jewish leaders and Yemenite American Jews as “turning a page in our relations.” He said… 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 ▸