Saudi ambassador Prince Bandar met with Saddam Hussein on April 5, 1990, three days after Saddam threatened to ‘make fire eat up half of Israel.’ “When Bandar sat down with Saddam, the Iraqi dictator insisted that he had been misinterpreted. ‘I want to assure President [George H.W.] Bush and His Majesty King Fahd [of Saudi Arabia] that I will not attack Israel,’ he said.”

 – Craig Unger, House of Bush, House of Saud, Page 131