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  • 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 ▸

  • Reprimand Urged for Shamir Aide Who Leaked News About Saudi Missiles

    The weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday was thrown into an uproar over a broadcast threat by one of Premier Yitzhak Shamir’s top aides that Israel might act to destroy Chinese missiles reportedly sold to Saudi Arabia. Energy Minister Moshe Shahal, a Laborite, urged Foreign Minister Shimon Peres to reprimand Yosef Ben-Aharon, director general of the Prime… More ▸

  • Congress Expected to Allow Revised Saudi Arms Sale

    The Reagan administration’s proposed sale of $1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia, which was submitted to Congress last week, is expected to go through with little or no opposition. This was assured when the White House agreed on Oct. 5 to eliminate Maverick anti-tank missiles from the arms package during discussions with leading Senate… More ▸

  • Saudi Prince Leaves Washington with No Promises to Spur Peace

    Crown Prince Abdallah of Saudi Arabia is ending a four-day visit to Washington Wednesday without giving any public indication that the Saudis are now willing to be helpful in the Middle East peace process. A State Department official, who was briefing reporters on the visit Tuesday, said the Reagan administration stressed its commitment to the… More ▸

  • Revised Saudi Arms Sale Expected to Pass Congress

    The Reagan Administration’s proposed $1 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, which only a few days ago seemed almost certain to be rejected by Congress, now is expected to go through without much difficulty. The turnaround came Thursday when the White House reached an agreement with several key Senators which eliminated Maverick anti-tank missiles from… More ▸