Saudi violation of WTO promises means Congress should block sale - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Dr. L. Brnd
    • 20.04.07 | 18:54 (IDT)

    The Saudis have brazenly violated a contractual agreement with the US to drop its economic boycott of Israel in exchange for US agreement to its admission to the World Trade Organization and MOst Favored Nation trading status. If the won't keep this promise, it can't be relied on to keep promises relating to advanced US weapons. Congress should block the sale if the Bush administration unwisely chooses to advance it. It is obviously disengenuous for Gates to claim that US supply of advanced aircraft to Israeal will offset the senseless smart bomb sale to the Saudis, when the planes can't be delivered until 2014, years after the bombs arrive. Congressional approval of Saudi arms sales have always depended on a promise that they wouldn't be stationed near Israel; Saudis have already violated that by moving their F-15 Strike Eagles to Tabuk base, only 55 miles from Israel but 1200 miles from the oil fields -- a clear move to attack Israel, violating Congress' restrictions.

    from the article: Gates says Washington to sell smart bombs to Saudi Arabia
    First published 00:00 20.04.07 | Last updated 00:00 20.04.07
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