The administration’s Saturday announcement of the new aid package to Saudi Arabia and Israel caught many lawmakers by surprise. But it took less than 24 hours for leading foreign policy congressmen to make clear that if Bush wants to pour money on Saudi Arabia, he better get ready for a fight on Capitol Hill. Leading the opposition are Jewish lawmakers Tom Lantos, Anthony Weiner, Eliot Engel and Robert Wexler.
Nathan Guttman, staff writer, was the Forward’s Washington bureau chief. He joined the staff in 2006 after serving for five years as Washington correspondent for the Israeli dailies Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post. In Israel, he was the features editor for Ha’aretz and chief editor of Channel 1 TV evening news. He was born in Canada and grew up in Israel. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Jewish Lawmakers Say No to Bush’s Saudi Aid Plan