The Middle East Newsline confirms that Saudi Arabia, alarmed by the fall in crude oil prices, was expected to delay the signing of billions of dollars worth of military contracts with the United States.

“Agreements that have not already been converted into contracts will most likely undergo significant delays in 2009,” an industry source said. “The exceptions will be contracts meant to maintain the readiness of the Saudi armed forces.”

In 2008, Saudi Arabia requested several billions of dollars worth of weapons and military systems from the United States. The requests included AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters, radars, armored vehicles and aircraft subsystems.

Riyadh has sought to maintain projects meant to modernize the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG), commanded by King Abdullah.

SANG, with nearly 100,000 members, was designed to ensure internal and border security and was being transformed into a full-fledged military loyal to the king.

The Israel Security establishment carefully monitors arms supplies to Saudi Arabia, because Saudi Arabia is the only Arab country near Israel that has remained in a formal and active state of war with Israel since the spawning of the Jewish state on May 15, 1948.

On that day, Saudi Arabia joined forces with other Arab armies in a war to liquidate the new state of Israel.

In the context of its continued and consistent state of war with Israel, Saudi Arabia funds and arms Hezbollah, Hamas as well as all Palestinian terror groups at war with the state of Israel.

Egypt and Jordan eventually signed peace treaties with Israel, while Syria and Lebanon signed armistice deals with Israel. However, Saudi Arabia has never agreed to any peace agreement or to any armistice with Israel.

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David Bedein
David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.