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  • Proposed Saudi Arms Sale Faces Little Opposition

    Congress is not expected to oppose a proposed $365 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia. President Bush formally notified Congress on Monday that the package includes 2,000 MK-84 bombs, 2,100 cluster bombs, 770 Sparrow air-to-air missiles and laser-guided bomb components. A pro-Israel lobbyist said the package consists of “small dollar” items — “most of it… More ▸

  • Kuwait, Saudi Arabia Deny Visas to Senator Because of Israel Stamp

    The Saudi and Kuwaiti governments denied visitor’s visas to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) because his passport contained Israeli entrance stamps. The move, a somewhat unexpected happening following the Persian Gulf war, was denounced Tuesday by Melvin Salberg, national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, during meetings of the group held here. Lautenberg, one… More ▸

  • Arab Leaders Who Backed Hussein Will Go Down with Him, Says Saudi

    Arab leaders who sided with Iraq will go under with Saddam Hussein, according to Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States. Taking off his diplomatic gloves, Prince Bandar ibn Sultan described Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat as a “clown,” King Hussein of Jordan as a “goner” and Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh as “an… More ▸

  • Postponement of Saudi Arms Sale Welcomed by Supporters of Israel

    Israel’s supporters on Capitol Hill are relieved at the Bush administration’s decision to delay proposing to Congress a massive arms package for Saudi Arabia until after the Persian Gulf crisis has ended. Saudi Arabia and the United States “have agreed not to proceed at this time” with the sale, the State Department’s deputy spokesman, Richard… More ▸

  • Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia Will Be Fought, Lobbyist Says

    Supporters of Israel will actively fight a proposed $15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia unless it is significantly scaled down, a top pro-Israel lobbyist warned here this week. “It’s time to put the brakes on the runaway arms race in the Middle East,” Thomas Dine told delegates to the 59th General Assembly of the… More ▸

  • Germany to Provide Saudi Arabia with Sophisticated New Weapons

    Germany has decided to provide Saudi Arabia with sophisticated weapons, with deliveries to commence some time next year, Saudi diplomats indicated here Sunday. They said a broad understanding on “defense cooperation” was reached when the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, visited Bonn last week for talks with Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich… More ▸

  • Saudi Links Withdrawal from Kuwait to Solution of Palestinian Problem

    The Saudi Arabian foreign minister made a strong linkage Tuesday between resolving the crisis in the Persian Gulf and settling the Arab-Israeli conflict. Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Iraqi forces must leave Kuwait, “so that we can mobilize international legality to realize for the people of Palestine what will… More ▸

  • Saudi Uses ‘israeli’ Arguments to Assail Speech by King Hussein

    Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States this week publicly attacked King Hussein of Jordan for misrepresenting the facts in the Persian Gulf crisis. In doing so, Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud used two arguments usually heard only from Israelis or their supporters. Rarely have Arab spokespersons made such statements in public. Prince Bandar’s attack… More ▸

  • Bush Decides to Defer the Bulk of Proposed Saudi Sale Until 1991

    President Bush is still committed to a $21 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, but will now split the package into two phases, Secretary of State James Baker confirmed Sunday. “The president has not backed off” from the package, Baker stressed in an appearance on the NBC News television program “Meet the Press.” He explained… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Press U.S. to Offset Saudi Sale with Extra Aid for Israel

    American Jewish groups are deeply concerned about a new $20 billion U.S. arms package to Saudi Arabia. But they will not oppose it if the Bush administration counters by boosting weapons transfers to Israel, pro-Israel activists say. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations warned this week that the unprecedented sale would “further… More ▸