CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1986 |
Saudi Arabia banned the sale of Egypt's government-owned newspaper, Al Ahram, after a series of articles criticized Arabs for relying too heavily on the United States for defense, the newspaper and Saudi sources said Sunday. The sources, reached by telephone from Bahrain, cited a series by Al Ahram's board chairman, Ibrahim Nafeh, as the reason for the ban, effective April 30. They spoke on condition of anonymity.
June 5, 1987 |
Iran warned today that if war broke out in the Persian Gulf region it would seize any base, garrison, port or pier that countries in the area allowed the United States to use. Tehran radio quoted Parliament Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani as calling on Iranians to "be ready . . . to throw out the Americans" from Arab states in the gulf, if such facilities were made available to the United States. Rafsanjani evidently was referring to U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1991
I am chagrined at our State Department's constant refrain that Jewish settlements in the West Bank or so-called "occupied territories" are "an obstacle to peace." Why cannot the State Department understand and have the courage to state that the real "obstacle to peace" is the total absence of democracy in the Arab lands? The real obstacle to peace is the fact that all the Arab states (with the exception of Egypt) are in a declared state of war against Israel. The real obstacles to peace are the Arab countries' continual boycott of Israel and their refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist in the Middle East.
May 7, 1995 |
Arab states agreed Saturday to seek an urgent U.N. Security Council meeting to stop Israel from confiscating Palestinian-owned land in East Jerusalem, calling the seizure a threat to Middle East peace. Foreign ministers reached the agreement at a meeting here of the 22-member Arab League in response to Israel's plan to confiscate 140 acres of land to build 7,000 apartments for Jews.
November 16, 1986 |
Greece has for centuries maintained close ties with the Arab world, the Greek Orthodox patriarch says, but those ties have not kept it safe from Arab terrorism. "We Greeks cannot just forget over a thousand years of common heritage because of an historically recent spate of terrorism," said Diodoros, the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, whose flock is almost entirely Arab. Since 1981, Socialist Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou has cultivated this common heritage.
April 25, 1991 |
Kuwait's first postwar government will downgrade its diplomatic ties with four Arab states that supported Iraq during the Persian Gulf War, a senior Kuwaiti official said Wednesday. Kuwait is also blocking the Palestine Liberation Organization's return to its embassy in Kuwait city, the official said.
August 25, 1992
Despite continuing reservations by some Arab nations, President Bush is expected to announce as early as this evening enforcement of a "no-fly" zone to protect Iraq's dissident Shiite Muslim population south of the 32nd Parallel. The proposed move, which would be backed by British and French as well as U.S.
March 1, 2012 |
For the better part of the last century, three Arab states - Egypt, Iraq and Syria - dominated Middle East politics in matters of war and peacemaking and shaped the region's relations with the great powers. The kings of Jordan and Morocco - and, of course, Saudi Arabia (and the Persian Gulf states) when it came to oil - had their say too. But it was the three pseudo-republics, authoritarian military regimes really, that threw their collective weight around. Not anymore.
February 20, 1987 |
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir proposed Thursday an international peace conference on the Mideast--possibly at Camp David--to be attended by representatives of Israel, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinians and the United States.
January 6, 1998 |
Interior ministers from 20 Arab countries agreed Monday to increase cooperation to fight "terrorism," a term they generally use to describe Muslim fundamentalist violence. An official statement, issued after a two-day meeting, said the ministers also urged "foreign states" to cooperate with Arab security services and legal bodies to help end the violence. This should include handing over wanted criminals, it said. "The Arab states reject terrorism in all its forms and from whatever source . . .