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  • Israel Views Iraq-kuwait Standoff with Vigilance but No Panic

    Israel, keeping a close watch on the dispute between Iraq and Kuwait, has opted for vigilance without panic, Foreign Minister David Levy told the Knesset on Wednesday, as the chances of a military showdown in the Persian Gulf seemed to recede. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, former Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin contradicted an observation by his successor,… More ▸

  • Revised U.S. Arms Sale to Kuwait Goes Through, As Deadline Passes

    The Reagan administration said Monday it was “pleased” that its proposed $1.9 billion arms sale can now go ahead, since the 30-day period by which Congress could have blocked the sale expired Sunday. State Department spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley said that Kuwait has accepted the compromise reached between the administration and Congress. The compromise eliminated 100… More ▸

  • Deal on Kuwait Arms Package Declared a Victory for Israel

    Two leading congressional opponents of the original $1.9 billion arms package to Kuwait declared victory Wednesday in their effort to prevent the sale of Maverick “D” missiles to Kuwait, which could have potentially threatened Israeli tanks. Reps. Larry Smith (D-Fla.), who sponsored a House resolution July 7 to block the sale, and Mel Levine (D-Calif.)… More ▸

  • Deal Hammered out to Modify U.S. Sale of Missiles to Kuwait

    A compromise removing 200 Maverick “D” anti-armor missiles from the proposed $1.9 billion arms sale to Kuwait has been worked out by members of Congress, Reagan administration officials and representative of U.S. Jewish groups. Participants in a White House meeting Friday also agreed to increase from 100 to 300 the number of Maverick “G” anti-bunker… More ▸

  • Resolution to Bar Sale of Arms to Kuwait Introduced in House

    Rep. Lawrence Smith (D-Fla.) introduced a resolution Tuesday in the House of Representatives to block the proposed $1.9 billion arms sale to Kuwait. The bill has 113 co-sponsors. Smith and other members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee were to meet for breakfast Thursday with Kuwaiti Prime Minister and Crown Prince Sheik Saad abdulla as-Sailim… More ▸

  • Reagan Administration Pushing Proposed Arms Sale to Kuwait

    The Reagan administration made a strong pitch Monday for its proposed $1.9 billion arms sale to Kuwait, as the Persian Gulf country’s prime minister began two days of talks with President Reagan and other officials. A senior administration official stressed that not only would the sale support U.S. foreign policy interests in the Persian Gulf,… More ▸

  • Senate Blocks Sale of Missiles to Kuwait, Sabotaging Arms Deal

    In an effort to block the Reagan administration’s proposed $1.9 billion arms sale of F/A-18 fighter planes and missiles to Kuwait, the Senate voted Thursday to bar the administration from following through on one component of that package, the sale of 300 Maverick “G” air-to-ground missiles. The measure, attached to the 1989 Foreign Aid Appropriations… More ▸

  • Proposed Arms Sale to Kuwait May Trigger Fight in Congress

    U.S. Rep. Larry Smith (D-Fla.) will introduce a joint resolution in the House of Representatives next week to try to block the Reagan administration’s proposed $1.9 billion arms sale to Kuwait, congressional sources said Thursday. It was unclear Thursday who might introduce a companion bill in the Senate. President Reagan’s national security adviser, Lt. Col…. More ▸

  • Shultz Says Range of Fighter Planes Won’t Allow Kuwait to Strike Israel

    Secretary of State George Shultz said Thursday that the range of the F/A-18 fighter planes the Reagan administration wants to sell to Kuwait “is not sufficient to conduct any sortie against Israel from Kuwait.” Shultz was testifying at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, where he was told by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) that he and… More ▸

  • U.S. Moves to Sell Arms to Israel, Egypt, Kuwait

    The Reagan administration officially notified Congress Monday that it intends to sell 75 F-16 fighter planes to Israel worth $2 billion. The sale, which is intended to offset Israel’s cancellation last year of the Lavi fighter project, would automatically go through May 4, unless Congress voted to block it. Apparently there is little opposition. Gerald… More ▸