We are disappointed by The Times publication of Record's column.
From the very outset, Record misstates the facts of U.S. policy in the Middle East, and his argument is replete with distortions of AIPAC's actions and the role we play.
Case in point is the blame Record levels at AIPAC for the "loss" to the U.S. economy stemming from reports of the recently concluded arms deal between Saudi Arabia and Great Britain. Yes, we at AIPAC have fought certain proposed arms sales to Saudi Arabia. We do not fight all such proposed sales, in fact AIPAC has fought only 15% of them. However, when we do, we do so only because such sales constitute a genuine threat to Israel and thereby destabilize the region, something which is not in our country's best interest. The 1985 Saudi demand to purchase our most advanced F-15 fighter bomber posed just such a threat.
Record makes the assertion that the Saudis turned to the British Tornado fighter bombers only after Congress opposed the sale of additional F-15s. But he fails to mention that the Saudis wanted to purchase the advanced attack version of the bomber, known as the F-15 E "Strike Eagle," which is so advanced that it is just now entering service with the U.S. Air Force and is not yet being sold to any other foreign country. It was the Administration, not only Congress, that objected to Saudi demands to buy the "Strike Eagle."