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CAPITAL COMMENTARY by Wolf Blitzer en Saudia Arabia Talks 00ole (in Washington) Listen -- Saudi contractors. Americans are before the takeover, although is the world's leading largely in charge of training they cleady underestimated its and exporter. Oil and maintaining the Saudi ability to take action. for more than 99 army, navy and air force. U.S. officials have not come of the country's It was Saudi Arabia's desire up with any concrete evidence Proven reserves are two years ago to purchase 60 showing that outside forces at a staggering 173 F-15 fighter bombers -- the were somehow behind or barrels -- one quarter most advanced in the U.S. air involved in the bloody n world reserves, force -- which resulted in takeover, which lasted several of figures have probably the most controvers- days. on U.S. policy, ial U.S. arms salein American But U.S. officials acknow- )ns between America history. The Senate approved ledge that the affair may Arabia have been the Carter Administration's portend serious trouble in the sJnce the 1940s, when "package" sale, which also future. Indeed, the Americans helped included planes for Egypt and believe that the greatest threat the Saudi market. Israel, by a vote of 54 to 44. But to Saudi Arabia's stability is internal, stemming from the BLITZER'S policy scene since the "corruption" issue- Saudis from our 1973 Yore Kippur War accusing their leadership of capital begins as and is a frequent moving away from traditional HERITAGE commentator on net- Islam too quickly, as ire with this issue, work television and radio evidenced by the extremely COrTes- programs. He is a former ostentatious lifestyles. for The Jeru- editor of the Near East Saudi Arabia's population estimates are very rough since Post, Israel's Report and has worked no good census has ever been angua]e daily as a foreign correspon- taken. The State Department Blitzer has dent in the Tel Aviv believes there are some six covering the bureau of Reuters News million Saudis in the hington foreign Agency. Kingdom. In addition, there are said to be another one and in recent years, the the battle scars remain to this one-half million foreigners, has expanded to very day. including some 125,000 where more than The first of those F-]Ss is Palestinians as well as large Americans work in not scheduled to reach Saudi numbers of Yemenites, Arabia today. More Arabia until sometime next Egyptians, Koreans, Thais and firmshave year, but the Saudis are still Philippians. themselves in the pressing now for some For years, the Saudis have advanced "extras" which the feared trouble from Soviet- this extraordinary Carter Administration had backed South Yemen. an of the world's refused to authorize as part of Following the Soviet invasion flows so much of the original sale. of Afghanistan, Saudis fears € toward Saudi According to U.S. officials, have increased. President rab-lsreliconflict the Saudis are making U.S. Carter has promised to use Middle East. approval of the accessories a force "if necessary" to protect has been demonstrat- "test case" of U.S.-Saudi Saudi Arabia from external any ways, most relations. But the last thing aggression. Given the West's "ing the screening Carter needs right now is dependence on Saudi oil, :an television of another fight with Congress. Carter would have no realistic of a Princess," the Privately, the White House is choice. which the Saudis appealing for patience in very According to State c as offensive. The strong and emotional terms Department sources, the ersywhichsurrounded directly to the royal family in Soviet threat has not 'e seemed to Riyadh. weakened Saudi Arabia's U.S. editorial writers Following the 1973 Yom determination to press ahead >mmentators for days as Kippur War, then-Secretary of for a solution of the Palestinian fear spread through- State Henry Kissinger question. Actually, just the ed States that the conceived a twin-pillar policy opposite has been the case. might retaliate by designed to defend Western The Saudi regime believes back their oil interests in the Middle East that a "comprehensive" and Persian Gulf region: it agreement between Israel and reflected in the State would rest on Iran and Saudi its Arab neighbors would go a 's annual human Arabia. Butoneofthosepillars long way towards easing the -'Port on Saudi Arabia. has crumbled and the other is Soviet Union's ability to make re "Death of a showing signs of hairline such dramatic inroads in the Saudis made no fractures. Middle East. :t of their deep Consequently, the Ameri- The Saudis have told the of any external cans are now becoming Americans that a resolution of rn, As a result, they increasingly nervous about the Palestinian problem and received kid glove stability in Saudi Arabia, the restoration of Arab :nt in the reports. "By although the latest U.S. sovereignty over East " the most recent intelligence estimate suggests ,Jerusalem would remove the said, "Saudi that prospects are "good" for single most significant threat society is basically the coming three to five years, to regional stability. and individualistic A dissenting view inside the Since 1973, the Nixon, Ford 'eafinelydrawnand government talks about a and Carter Administrations t traditional sense potential for serious trouble have accepted that line of during the next 12 to 18 thinking as they pressed also reflected in the months, ahead in their search for a aning U.S.-Saudi What aroused everyone in "comprehensive" agreement. relationship. Oil Washington was the Decem- The perceived linkage had a tremendous ber 1979 takeover of the between oil supplies and :in enabling the Saudis Grand Mosque in Mecca. After peace negotiations was always massive military looking into the incident as uppermost in official U.S. with the United closely as possible, the thinking, even if itwerenever Officials here in American intelligence publicly acknowledged. estimate that community concluded that Negotiating tactics may have tn%ntracts have totaled some 250 ultra-conservative changed; the overall objective an $20 billion in recent Sunni Moslems were involved, has remained the same. much of it going to The best thinking among This policy can be expected a solid infrastructure the Americans was that to continue if Carter wins re- s, roads, port militants were anxious to election. A Reagan Adminis- Sand communications protect the effects of tration or, for that matter, any modernization on Saudi other, similarly would be more than 1,000 Arabia. Most were said to be confronted with the dire reality military and Saudis, with some Egyptians of Saudi petrodollar influence. defense officials in and Yemenites also participat- It may be forced to pursue this a along with an ing. The existence of this same approach. For Israel, ,ployeesof group was known to Saudi that will mean continued U.S. U.S. defense internal security officials pressure. HERITAGE. Florida Jewish News, July 11.1980, P 5 HERITAGE is pleased to announce .... A Photography Contest of Jewish Life HERITAGE invites you to participate in "Jewish Images," a photography contest of pictures depicting various aspects of Jewish life. Awards wlil be made in five categories° with a Grand Prize of a S 100 gilt certificate. The five categories are: 1. Ritual and Tradition 2. Faces and Places of Our People 3. The Modem Miracle of Israel 4. Nostalgia 5. Humor Prints are welcome from both professionals and amateurs. Those chosen will be displayed at various locations in the Orlando area. Winning and honorable mention photographs will be reprinted in HERITAGE. The Rules: |. Contest limited to a total entry of 5 photographs per person, not more than 2 per category. 2. All prints, black and white or color, must be 8 x 10 inches. 3. All prints must be clearly identified with a sticker on the back with name, address; telephone number and category. (Writing directly on the back of the photo causes indentations on the face of the picture.) 4. Photographs must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope in order to be returned. Entries must be brought or mailed to either HERITAGE offices or the Orlando JCC. 5. Application forms must be filled out and submitted with entry. #dditlonai forms are available from HERITAGE or at JCC. 6. Prints must not be older than 5 years, except "Nostalgia" pictures, which must have been taken by person submitting them. 7. Captions or explanations should be as brief as possible. 8. All prints selected for exhibition will be acknowledged by acceptance cards through the mail. Winners will be notified. 9. All possible care of prints will be taken, but no responsibility wRl be assumed for any loss or damage during exhibit or transit. ! 0. Employeesof HERITAGE and their immediate relatives may enter works for exhibition, bur are not eligible to win prizes. 11. Entry automatically grants HERITAGE full exhibition and reproduction rights. The Judges: The editorial and photo-art staff of HERITAGE In conjunction with professional photography experts from another area. The Dates: Deadline for receiving work is September 30. 1980. Winners will be announced October 31, 1980. Exhibits will be announced in future Issues of HERITAGE. APPUCATION FORM: Name I Address I I City, State Zlp I Phone Number I |. Ritual and Tradition No. of Prints __ 2. Faces and Places of Our People I 3. The Modern Miracle of Israel I I 4. Nostalgia I I 5. Humor I Total number of color prints Total number of black & white pdnts -- I I Please lill in this appBcation form and submit with 8 x 10 inch photographs to: I I HERITAGE, P.O. Box 742, Fern Park, FL 32730 or bring to HERITAGE offices, I I 207 O'Brien Rd., Fern Park, or Orlando JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Iaitlan L I I I Entry in JEWISH IMAGES Photography Contest automatically grants full exhibit and I reproduction fights to HERITAGE. I