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July 31, 2009
Evenhandedness usually is considered to be a positive attribute in diplomacy, but when it comes to the Middle East, many Israelis and their supporters see it as code for a pro-Arab policy. In that view, President Obama's insistence that Israel freeze Jewish settlement construction is anti-Israeli and a sop to the Arab street. That's wrong.
November 13, 1987
Even the moderates who were there expressed surprise at the moderation of this week's Arab summit conference in Amman. Meeting for the most part behind closed doors, the 21 members of the Arab League were able to reach an unusual measure of agreement on the main business before them. Some who played key roles in the conference are hailing its results as evidence of a new realism, a new maturity in Arab affairs.
June 18, 1990 | Reuters
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's office received many telephone calls Sunday voicing hopes for Middle East peace--but none from Arab leaders who had been invited to call. A receptionist said that Shamir's new Cabinet, meeting for the first time, received dozens of congratulatory calls, and several callers appealed for peace, but a spokeswoman said that none came from Arab states.
May 5, 1986 | Associated Press
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 | United Press International
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.
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 | Times Wire Services
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 | LEE STOKES, United Press International
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 | Times Wire Services
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.
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