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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸