Persian Gulf

  • Wiesenthal Center Protests Excluding Jew from Army Auction in Saudi Arabia

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center is protesting the exclusion of an American Jew from a huge auction of U.S. Army surplus material, being held in Saudi Arabia. The sale, being billed as the Operation Desert Auction, is offering massive quantities of trucks, heavy equipment, tents and scrap metals left in Saudi Arabia at the conclusion of… More ▸

  • U.S. Announces Big Saudi Arms Sale Days After Arms Control Conference

    Only days after it hosted an international arms control conference here, the Bush administration notified Congress on Tuesday that it plans to sell Saudi Arabia $1.88 billion in arms and military support. The Pentagon claims the proposed military package, which includes helicopters, missiles, rockets and small vehicles, is essentially defensive and would serve U.S. national… More ▸

  • Saudi Sheik Visits Jerusalem

    A top-ranking Islamic religious leader said to be close to the Saudi throne visited Jerusalem this week and met with President Chaim Herzog, Mayor Teddy Kollek and the Ashkenazic chief rabbi, Avraham Shapira. The visitor was identified as Sheik Ishak Idris Sakoote, a senior adviser to the Islamic League, a fund-raising organization for Islamic institutions… More ▸

  • State Department Denies It Opposed Loan Guarantees to Gain Saudi Support

    The State Department has denied promising Saudi Arabia that it would oppose loan guarantees for Israel in return for the Saudis prodding Syria and Jordan to negotiate directly with Israel. State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler said Tuesday that she “checked with the most senior level of this department and there is absolutely no truth to… More ▸

  • Pro-israel Forces Ready to Fight Any Sale of F-15s to Saudi Arabia

    The pro-Israel community, still smarting from a bruising battle with the Bush administration over loan guarantees, has put the White House on notice that it will fight any attempt to sell Saudi Arabia 72 advanced F-15 fighter planes this year. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive director of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said… More ▸

  • Britain Announces $34 Billion Sale of Advanced Weapons to Saudi Arabia

    Officials who have deplored the idea of a Middle East arms race are trying to justify Britain’s massive weapons-for-oil deal with Saudi Arabia, announced on the eve of Thursday’s parliamentary elections here. Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd and his Labor Party opposite number, Gerald Kaufman, have both expressed concern over the arms build-up in the region… More ▸

  • Visitor Reports Jews in Yemen Are Free but Want to Emigrate

    A French Jew who visited the Jewish community of Yemen says the some 1,800 Jews still living there suffer no discrimination and enjoy complete freedom of movement. Still, a substantial number want to leave to join relatives abroad, said Roger Pinto, who headed a delegation to Yemen last week. Pinto, who is vice president of… More ▸

  • Israel Mute on Reported Plan to Airlift Jews out of Yemen

    Israeli authorities have remained silent about reports that a new airlift is being planned to bring out the remaining Jews in Yemen. The government of Yemen has dismissed the reports, which first surfaced when the Sunday Times of London wrote that Israel intended to mount a rescue operation with or without the cooperation of the… More ▸

  • U.S. Ran Israel-saudi Lift During War

    The United States operated an airlift between Israel and Saudi Arabia on the eve of the start of the Persian Gulf War, if is disclosed in a new book about to be published here. A dozen Israeli-made bridges were flown into the war theater for the U.S. Marine Corps, according to Yosef Evron, author of… More ▸

  • Jewish Orphan in Yemen Kills Herself

    The forcible conversion of orphaned Jewish children in Yemen has led to tragedy, according to reports brought here this week by members of a pro-Israel Japanese sect, Makopya, who had just visited Yemen. They said a young Jewish girl jumped off a cliff after she and her 14 brothers were forced to convert to Islam,… More ▸