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  • 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 ▸

  • Jews Among U.S. Forces in Saudi Arabia Despite the Kingdom’s Exclusion Policy

    Despite Saudi Arabia’s official policy of refusing entry to Jews, the Pentagon says Jewish soldiers and chaplains are being sent there with U.S. forces to repel any Iraqi invasion. “No one is taken out of a unit because of religion. Units go as units,” Pentagon public affairs spokesman Tom Green said in Washington. Another Pentagon… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Will Not Fight $4 Billion Saudi Weapons Sale

    Citing the absence of a clear direct threat to Israel, Jewish groups will not fight a $4 billion proposed U.S. weapons sale to Saudi Arabia, the largest to the kingdom since the sale of AWACS reconnaissance planes in 1981. “There is probably not going to be a big fight over it,” said Jess Hordes, Washington… More ▸

  • Israel Suffers Humiliating Defeat at Hands of Saudi Baseball Team

    It was perhaps the worst defeat ever suffered by Israel at the hands of an Arab country. Luckily, the lopsided battle took place on a baseball diamond. In what was the first-ever sports encounter between Israel and Saudi Arabia, a group of 11-and 12-year-old Saudi boys overwhelmed their Israeli counterparts and handed them a humiliating… More ▸

  • Ajcongress Asks Justice Dept. to Investigate Saudi Gift

    The American Jewish Congress has asked the Department of Justice to investigate a report about an Arab-American lobbying group that may have broken the law by agreeing to accept a $1 million gift from Saudi Arabia, although the group has failed to register as an agent of a foreign government. In a letter to the… More ▸

  • With No Challenge from Congress, Saudi Arms Sale Goes into Effect

    Saudi Arabia will receive $825 million in arms as requested by the Reagan administration, since Congress did not vote to block it by Thursday’s deadline. Rep. Larry Smith (D-Fla.), who had drafted a resolution to block the sale, decided against introducing it after not finding enough support in the Senate, his press secretary, Karen Donovan,… More ▸