Saudi Arabia

  • 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 ▸

  • Saudi Businessman Applies for Aliyah

    A Saudi businessman, together with his wife and their 10 children, has approached the Jewish Agency in London with a request to immigrate to Israel, according to published reports here. The man said that his family is descended from Saudi Jews, and that they were forced to convert to Islam during the days of Mohammed,… More ▸

  • U.S. Notifies Congress of Plans for Scaled-down Saudi Arms Sale

    The Reagan administration formally notified Congress Wednesday of plans to sell $825 million in arms to Saudi Arabia. The announcement came after the administration earlier said it had indefinitely postponed formal notification so that it could confer with members of Congress who oppose the sale. Under the original timetable, such notification was to be given… More ▸

  • U.S. Defers Formal Notification of Saudi Arms Sale to Congress

    Bowing to congressional pressure, the Reagan administration has indefinitely postponed formal notification to Congress of its proposed $950 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia. The package includes $450 million in support equipment for AWACS reconnaissance planes previously sold to the Saudis. and $500 million in Bradley Fighting Vehicles and TOW missiles. Under arms sale procedures…. More ▸

  • Saudi Army on Alert for Israeli Strike

    The Saudi army has been put on a high state of alert to fend off any possible Israeli attack on the sites for intermediate-range missiles it recently acquied from China, according to American sources quoted this week by the Israeli newspaper Davar. The sources said the CSS-2 missiles, which have a 2,000-mile range, will be… More ▸