A March 14, 1973 US State Department cable released Wednesday by the National Archives reveals that King Faisal ibn Abdel Aziz of Saudi Arabia linked terror threats to U.S. interests with Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria.
The cable, which pertains to the 1973 seizure of the Saudi Embassy in Khartoum during a reception for the departing US deputy chief of mission, is one of many Nixon administration documents that were disclosed, for the first time, related to terrorism and the Middle East.
On March 1, 1973, eight terrorists representing the Black September Organization, a PLO Arab group connected to Yasser Arafat and his Fatah party, seized the Saudi Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan's capital, during a reception for the departing U.S. deputy chief of mission. Two US diplomats and a Belgian diplomat were killed in the attack.
The March 14 cable describes a conversation between US Ambassador Nicholas G. Thacher and the Saudi monarch. "Our U.S. friends must begin to put real pressure on Israel to withdraw from Arab territories which it occupies. Once there is progress in that direction, then the way will be open to resolving all problems of the area, including that of terrorism," Faisal said.