Saudi Arabia

  • 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 ▸

  • Iraq More Likely to Attack Ships Than Saudi Arabia, Experts Now Say

    Iraq is strengthening its forces in Kuwait and on the Turkish border, but it shows no intention of invading Saudi Arabia, security officials told Israel’s Cabinet on Sunday. The experts voiced their fear that the longer the Persian Gulf crisis continues, the more chance there is that the United States may lose the support of… More ▸

  • Army Denies Advising Jewish Troops in Saudi Arabia to Conceal Dog Tags

    Some American soldiers in Saudi Arabia may have been advised by superiors to hide dog tags identifying themselves as Jews, but the advice was not on orders from the Pentagon or the Saudi kingdom, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said Thursday. “Some uninformed individual down the chain of command in the organization may have told a… More ▸