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Resolution Adopted by the CCAR
Sale of American Arms to Saudi Arabia
Adopted by the CCAR at the 92nd Annual Convention of
The enhancement of the offensive capabilities of the F-15 warplanes sold two years
ago to Saudi Arabia, and the sale of AWACs, can only present an ability and temptation
to use them against the State of Israel, against whom Saudi Arabia has sworn jihad
, holy war, repeatedly and only recently. Israel is the steadfast ally of the United
States, and cannot be placed in such a position of jeopardy.
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Jerusalem, Israel June 23-28, 1981
When the F-15 aircraft were sold to Saudi Arabia, a solemn promise was made by the United States Government not to deliver such enhancement packages. The new Administration is bound by that promise, and cannot be viewed in the eyes of the world as not living up to its covenants.
Furthermore, we must remember the lesson of Iran. The Saudi government is unstable, and all the arms sent to, and intended for it, could fall into the hands of unfriendly forces, to the detriment of the United States and the West.
Such an unnecessary sale, particularly without achieving Saudi acceptance of the State of Israel and a firm guarantee to join in the Camp David peace process, will only serve to fuel the arms race and antagonisms in the Middle East, further destabilizing the region and acting in the worst interests of the United States and our allies.
We call upon the Administration to withdraw its proposal to provide the offensive capability packages and AWACs to Saudi Arabia, and should formal notification be sent to Congress, we call upon the Congress to vote against.