Menu JTA Search

Saudi Arabia

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Saudi Ambassador Meets with American Jews

    Prince Bandar Ibn Sultan, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington, met Monday with over 60 Jewish organizational leaders in two meetings called at his request. The meetings, the first high-profile, publicized discussions between the Saudis and Jewish leaders, were termed a “breakthrough” by one participant. The ambassador was in New York primarily for the meetings… More ▸

  • U.N. Elects Saudi Ambassador President of General Assembly

    Saudi Arabia’s low profile at the United Nations moved center stage this week with the election of Samir Shihabi as president of the General Assembly. There is little indication yet as to how the election of the Saudi ambassador will affect Israel, which had supported Papua New Guinea’s foreign minister, Michael Somare, for the post…. More ▸

  • Senator with Israeli-stamped Passport Allowed to Enter Saudi Arabia, Kuwait

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) has apparently become the first person allowed to enter Saudi Arabia and Kuwait with a passport indicating a previous visit to Israel. “With that simple but significant act of stamping my passport, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have removed another obstacle from the road toward peace in the Middle East,” Lieberman said… More ▸

  • 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 ▸