Letter Questions Saudi Arms Deal

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Publication: Jewish Exponent
Date published: November 18, 2010

NEW YORK (JTA)A joint congressional letter expressing concern and asking questions about a proposed $60 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia was delivered to Obama administration officials.

The bipartisan letter, signed by 198 U.S. lawmakers, was delivered Nov. 12 to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, according to Foreign Policy magazine.

Israel reportedly backs the sale, the most expensive arms deal ever, to be spread out over five to 10 years.

The deal includes 84 new F-15 fighter planes, and nearly 200 Apache, Black Hawk and Little Bird helicopters, as well as upgrades for 70 other fighter planes. The deal also would include a satellite-guided "smart bomb" system, as well as antiship and anti-radar missiles.

Congress has 30 days to review the deal, and could block or amend the sale.

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