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October 23, 1981 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-10-23

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Friday, October 23, 1%1 5

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Sen. Byrd's Vote Pushes AWACS Sale Opponents Near Victory

(Continued from Page 1)
President. Sen. John
Melcher (D-Mo.) said he
was still undecided. The
other two Senators —
Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyo.)
and Jennings Randolph

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(D-W'.Va.) — ,had an-
nounced previously they
would support the sale.
In view of Byrd's Wed-
nesday speech and the fail-
ure of the Administration to
get a joint crewing agree-
ment from the Saudis, it is
doubtful that the letter the
President plaps to send the
Senate gifing assurances
on the sale would have
much effect.
A draft of the letter, circu-
lated in the Senate, has the
President promising that
the Saddis have agreed to
"stringent security meas-
ures" to safeguard the
equipment being sold them,
that all information
gathered by the AWACS
will be shared with the U.S.,
that no information will be
shared with a third country
without the approval of both
the U.S. and Saudi Arabia,
and that the Saudis will not
operate the AWACS outside
Saudi Arabian borders
without the consent of the
U.S. The letter does not ap-
pear to go beyond the
safeguards outlined earlier
by Administration spokes-
men to Congress.
Sen. Glenn accused the
Reagan Administration of
using "political bribery" to
sway Senate votes on the
AWACS sale. Speaking on

Congressman George
Crockett (D-Detroit) was
erroneously listed in last
week's Jewish News as hav-
ing been absent during the
House vote on the AWACS
sale.
Rep. Crockett voted
against the sale.

Levin Hits Missile Sale

.

WASHINGTON — U.S.
Senator Carl Levin (D-
Michigan) said last Friday
that the Reagan Adminis-
tration bypassed "normal
safeguard procedures" in
considering the sale of
highly advanced missiles to
Saudi Arabia, thus preclud-

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CBS-TV's "Face the Na-
tion" program on Sunday,
Glenh said Administration
lObbyists are telling waver-
ing Senators there, will be
no support for their pet proj-
ects if they do not support
the President on
Sen. Rudy Boschwitz
(R-Minn.), who made a
critical vote against
AWACS in the Foreign
Affairs Committee last
week, corrected a state-
ment by Vice President
George Bush. t Bush
sought support for the
AWACS sale by arguing
that the Saudis need the
planes to watch Libya,
"the protector of Idi
Amin."
Boschwitz pointed out
that Amin, the former-dic-
tator in Uganda, was living
in Saudi Arabia, not Libya.
Meanwhile, a National
Security Council spokes-
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ing U.S. military personnel
from objecting to the sale.
Sen. Levin, a member of
the Armed Services Com-
mittee, told the Senate that
instead of submitting the
proposed sale to the Na-
tional Disclosure Policy
Committee for its review,
the normal procedure fol-
lowed before transferring
highly classified weapons to
foreign countries, the com-
mittee not only "was not -
consulted about the sale"
but "was apparrently di-
rected to approve it after the
fact rather than being
allowed to debate its merits
initially."
The Air Force and the
Navy have objected to the
sale of the AIM8L (Side-
winder) missile to some
other countries, Sen.
Levin noted, because it is
the only air-to-air missile
that allows pilots to fire
directly at hostile planes
rather than requiring
them to maneuver behind
a hostile aircraft. He said
they fear that if the mis-
sile fell into the hands of
the Soviet Union, the ad-
vantage U.S. pilots have
in aerial combat would
be reduced.
Sen. Levin said that since
the armed forces were trou-
bled by the sale of the
AIM9L to Sweden and ob-
jected to the sale of the mis-
sile to Egypt — two allies of
the U.S. more friendly to
U.S. interests than Saudi
Arabia — he wondered why
"the armed forces were de-
nied the opportunity to pre-
sent their case ... to the Na-
tional Disclosure Policy
Committee when the sale of
this offensive weapon to
Saudi Arabia was being
considered."

man who last weekend
warned there would be a
U.S. backlash against Israel
if Congress vetoes the
AWACS sale, was fired this
week -by the Reagan Ad-
ministration for a remark
he made about the Soviet
Union.
Gen. Robert Schweitzer
was relieved of his NSC
duties after he also stated in
the same speech that the
U.S. was "drifting toward
war" with the USSR.
Sen. Charles Percy (R-
Ill.); chairman of the Se-
nate Foreign Relations
Committee, who sup-
ports the Administra-
tion's arms package sale
to Saudi Arabia, has is-
sued a statement saying
that criticism of the
American Jewish com-
munity for lobbying
against the arms sale to
Saudi Arabia is "patently
unfair."
A national coalition re-
presenting all major seg-
ments of American Chris-
tianity has proposed a
boycott of the Mobil Oil

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coalition has termed its ag-
gressive media campaign on
behalf of the sale of AWACS
planes to Saudi Arabia.
The proposal was made by
the 150 participants who
attended a two-day Na-
tional Christian Congress
for Israel held in Washing-
ton last week. It was spon-
sored by the National
Christian Leadership Con-
ference for Israel.
At the same time, the

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