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Israel International Relations: International Recognition of Israel The United States was the first country to recognize Israel when President Harry Truman. Israel's ambassador to Thailand, Simon Roded, last month sought to dismiss a new about the serious abuses that Thai workers in Israel described to us. home in coffins can only negatively affect Thai-Israel relations. Bilateral Relations: Relations Overview Bilateral Treaties-Agreements. Joint Statement and Israeli – Thai Treaties. Read More.
The king reportedly gave orders that official statements don't use phrases such as "enemy" and "Zionist entity" when referring to Israel anymore. However, he refused the idea of having trade relations, saying it was "too early" and would be postponed until the establishment of an independent Palestine state.
Relations between Israel and Iran have alternated from close political alliances between the two states during the era of the Pahlavi dynasty to hostility following the rise to power of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
While Iran was the second Muslim-majority country to recognize Israel,  the two states do not currently have diplomatic relations with each other, due to Iran's withdrawal of its recognition of Israel. The post Iranian authorities avoid referring to Israel by its name, and instead use the terms "the Zionist regime" or "occupied Palestine".
Iranian passports bear an inscription that says, "The bearer of this passport is forbidden from traveling to occupied Palestine. Comments made by Ahmadinejad        were perceived by Israel as threat of destruction. Iraq—Israel relations Following the American-British led invasion of Iraq indiplomats had been discussing the possibility of improved relations between Israel and Iraq.
InIsraeli officials met with Kurdish political leaders. President Bill Clinton and Yitzhak RabinIsrael-Jordan peace treaty Israel has full diplomatic relations in peace with Jordan since the signing of the Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace inbut relations remain somewhat tense.
Israel—Kuwait relations Relations between Israel and Kuwait are generally hostile, mainly as part of the Arab—Israeli conflict. Kuwait does not recognize Israel and refuses entry to any person who holds an Israeli passport or Israel travel documents. Like many Arab countries, Kuwait opposes normalizing ties with Israel.
Israel—Lebanon relations According to Laura Zittrain Eisenberg, the author of "My Enemy's Enemy", the pre-state Zionist attention to Lebanon consisted primarily of repeated attempts to establish a political alliance between the Jewish community in Palestine and the Maronite Catholic Community in Lebanon.
Largely neglected by traditional scholarship on the Arab-Israeli condition, the Zionist-Lebanese relationship from to was surprisingly active and amicable. Zionist curiosity was naturally piqued by Lebanon, an Arab country with a sizable non-Muslim population enjoying political predominance. During the war of —, some right-wing militias were Israel's allies, and after the assassination of President Bachir GemayelIsrael and Lebanon signed an agreement on 17 May which was a peace treaty in all but name.
The Lebanese legislature ratified the treaty by a margin of 80 votes, but in a very weak and unstable domestic position president Amine Gemayel abrogated the peace treaty on 5 March under unrelenting Syrian pressure, after the U.
Marines withdrew and after Israel had begun withdrawing from Lebanon. During the Syrian Occupation of Lebanon —it was highly unlikely that Lebanon would sign a peace treaty with Israel before Syria, as Syria's influence on Lebanese politics was strong; however, the Syrian Occupation withdrew from Lebanon, yet the Iran—Syria—Hezbollah axis remained through the heavy arms presence.
However, Lebanon was under the Syrian Occupation, which took over the treaties and negotiations. In Augustafter the clash between Hezbollah and Israel, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said that Lebanon would be the "last Arab country to make peace with Israel" because of the large number of civilians that were killed in the Lebanon War.
Since the yearand due to many wars with Hezbollah, Israel treats Lebanon as an "enemy state",  although it is considering the possibility of a non-aggression pact.
Following the September signing of the Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of PrinciplesMorocco accelerated its economic ties and political contacts with Israel.
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In SeptemberMorocco and Israel announced the opening of bilateral liaison offices. Israel—Qatar relations Qatar and Israel do not currently have diplomatic relations, although they maintained economic relations between and Qatar is a major financial supporter of the Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas. Saudi Arabia Main article: Israel—Saudi Arabia relations InSaudi Arabia announced the end of its ban on Israeli goods and services, mostly due to its application to the World Trade Organizationwhere one member country cannot have a total ban on another.
It calls for Israel's withdrawal from territory occupied in June in order for peace with the Arab states; then-Crown Prince Abdullah extended a multilateral peace proposal based on withdrawal in At that time, Israel did not respond to the offer. In Saudi Arabia again officially supported a resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict which supported a full right of Palestinian refugees to move to Israel, which generated more official negative reactions from Israeli authorities.
Israel—Syria relations and Iran—Israel proxy conflict Syria's relations with Israel are very poor, due to Syria's close ties with the anti-Israel militant group Hezbollah and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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SinceSyria has accepted the import of apples from farmers in the Golan Heightsterritory that it claims, through the Quneitra crossing.
This was a result of the ongoing Israeli refusal to accept apples from Golan farmers reportedly due to over-supplywhich led to a plea by the farmers to the Syrian government to accept their produce before it became spoiled in order to prevent economic collapse. Insome 10, tons of apples grown by Druze farmers in the Golan Heights were sent to Syria. Israel—Tunisia relations Tunisia participated in the Yom Kippur Warsending 1,—2, troops to fight alongside a coalition of Arab countries against Israel.
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Expressing "surprise", the Israeli Foreign Ministry said: Israel—Turkey relations Turkish firefighting plane sent to aid Israel, Turkey was the first Muslim-majority nation to formally recognize the State of Israel,  only one year after the Declaration of the Jewish State 28 March Roded didn't specify exactly what was "unfounded" about the serious abuses that Thai workers in Israel described to us.
I was one of two researchers who, along with representatives from Israeli rights group Kav LaOved, travelled to 10 farms across Israel to interview Thai migrant workers. What we saw was truly shocking. We found Thai workers living and working in squalid conditions and suffering dreadful instances of mistreatment.
One worker said he felt "like dead meat" after a working day that typically began at 4. None of the workers we interviewed said they were paid Israel's minimum wage. Many reported health problems, including dizziness, nausea, breathing difficulties, skin rashes, and other illnesses that they experienced after spraying pesticides without adequate protective equipment.
Some showed medicine that their families had sent from Thailand in the absence of healthcare services in Israel. Among those we spoke to were colleagues of Praiwan Seesukha, one of the Thai workers who, according to the Israeli Health Ministry, died in Israel between and While he questioned the Human Rights Watch research, Ambassador Roded said the Israeli government takes each and every allegation in the report seriously.
Yet, when Praiwan died in nobody investigated whether his death could have been linked to his living and working conditions.
In fact, 22 of those deaths weren't investigated at all by the Israeli authorities and another 43 were put down to Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome without further explanation.
Instead of playing "shoot-the-messenger", Ambassador Roded should pledge to the Thai people that his government takes these deaths seriously and will conduct thorough and credible investigations.