2010-09-24 / Top Stories

Weiner: Don’t Sell Weapons To Saudis

On Wednesday, following news that the United States plans to sell Saudi Arabia a large number of F-15 fighter jets, Representative Anthony Weiner, Representative Chris Carney and Representative. Shelley Berkley sent a letter to President Obama criticizing the decision and emphasizing that Congress would oppose the transaction, with legislation if necessary. If finalized, the deal would supply Saudi Arabia with new F-15 strike jets as well as 3 types of helicopters, and upgrade a fleet of F-15s that are currently owned by Saudi Arabia.

“Saudi Arabia has not behaved like an ally of the United States,” Weiner wrote in the letter. “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. Furthermore, this deal would destabilize the region and undermine the security of Israel, our one true ally in the region.” In the letter, Weiner made clear to the Obama administration that Congress strongly opposes giving military aid to Saudi Arabia, as evidenced by a 2009 amendment banning military aid to the country, which passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support.

In 2008, Rep. Weiner was joined by 104 Members of Congress in introducing a Resolution of Disapproval to the sale of satellite-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia.

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