Three Congress Members Seek to Block Saudi Arms Deal

(JTA) Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) and Chris Carney (D-Pa.) circulated a letter Wednesday asking fellow lawmakers to sign on to legislation that would block a $60 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. "Saudi Arabia has a history of financing terrorism, is a nation that teaches hate of Christians and Jews to their school children, and offered no help to the U.S. as gas prices surged during the spike in oil prices," the letter said. "This deal would destabilize the region and undermine the security of Israel, our one true ally in the region." Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the senior Republican on the U.S, House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a separate statement, "Congress needs to be convinced that robust safeguards are in place to ensure that this sensitive technology does not fall into the wrong hands and thereby endanger the U.S. or our ally Israel."

2010-09-17 09:04:25

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