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  • Saudi Officials Assure Ajcommittee They Won’t Use Controversial Satellite

    Saudi Arabian officials assured the American Jewish Committee this week that they have no intention of using data from a controversial spy satellite for military purposes. The assurances came as AJCommittee leaders were in Riyadh as guests of Saudi King Fahd. “We came to learn about a country that until recent years was not accessible… More ▸

  • Saudi Bid to Join Gatt Facing Opposition over Boycott Stance

    Pro-Israel forces and their supporters in Congress are seeking to block a bid by Saudi Arabia to join the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade until it abandons the Arab boycott of companies doing business with Israel. Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D-Conn.) introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives last Friday opposing the Saudi bid… More ▸

  • Saudi King Speaks of Benefits of Ending Arab War with Israel

    Optimistic statements about the prospect of peace with Israel, made last week by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Salam al-Majali, represent a positive change in attitude, according to Israeli officials. In a lengthy and wide-ranging message to 2 million Moslem pilgrims who came to Mecca last week for the annual… More ▸

  • Man Identified by Visa As Jewish Decides Not to Go to Saudi Arabia

    After a month of off-again, on-again negotiations, a Los Angeles businessman has decided not to go to Saudi Arabia because his visa identifies him as Jewish. John Schwartz sought early last month to fly to Saudi Arabia to enter bids in an auction of U.S. war surplus materiel left behind at the end of the… More ▸

  • Saudi Arabia Reverses Decision, Will Allow Jew to Enter Country

    Hastily reversing an earlier decision, the Saudi Arabian government has promised to allow an American Jewish scrap metal dealer to enter the country and participate in an auction of U.S. war surplus material in the Arab kingdom. In a phone call Tuesday, an official of the Saudi embassy in Washington notified Los Angeles businessman John… More ▸

  • 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 ▸