Ignoring U.S. Requests to Normalize Relations, Saudi Arabia Steps Up Boycott of Israel

[Jerusalem Post] Michael Freund - While Washington has been attempting to get Riyadh to improve relations with Israel, Saudi Arabia has been steadily intensifying its enforcement of the Arab League boycott of Israel. According to U.S. Commerce Department data, the number of boycott-related requests received by American companies from Saudi Arabia has increased in the past two years, rising from 42 in 2006 to 65 in 2007 to 74 in 2008, a jump of more than 76%. Typically, Saudi officials ask foreign suppliers to affirm that any goods exported to the kingdom are not manufactured in Israel or contain any Israeli-made components. U.S. law bars American companies from complying with such demands, and requires them to report any boycott-related requests to the federal government.

2009-09-14 08:00:00

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