Saudi Defense Minister Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz said Sunday, June 17, that Arabs should consider boycotting firms doing business with Israel, if it will force world powers to put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people.
"As Arabs, we should support our Palestinian brothers morally and politically", Prince Sultan told the press in Al-Kharj, south of Riyadh.
He said Arab countries should take this step "if the efforts led by world powers and members of the UN Security Council do not yield positive results capable of solving the Palestinian issue and put an end to the tragic situation of the Palestinian people".
The Saudi defense minister voiced his hope that the "US and European efforts will put an end to violence and allow a resumption of the negotiations". "It is in Israel's interest to return to the negotiating table because it is going through an unprecedented crisis", he added.
After the 1991 Gulf War and launch of the Middle East peace process, most Arab states responded to US pressure and in 1993 suspended boycotts of the companies from third countries that deal with Israel, but maintained the boycott on Israeli firms. ― (AFP, Al-Kharj)
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