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August 15, 1969 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-08-15

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Beirut Univiersity to Receive U.S. Funds at the Expense of Israel

(Continued from Page 1)
State Department officials were
asked why vital research of
possible immediate value to the
United States was being termi-
nated in Israel for lack of funds
while a new appropriation has been
requested for operating expenses
and new buildings at the Ameri-
can University of Beirut. They
replied that it was important to
keep Lebanon friendly to the
United States and to follow the
guidance of Rep. Otto Passman,
Louisiana Democrat, on the Beirut
appropriation proposal. Rep. Pass-
man is chairman of the House Ap-
propriations Committee which al-
locates funds sought by the State
Department and AID. He favors
the Beirut appropriation.

were taking advanced training at
U. S. Air Force bases in this coun-
try to maintain and service the
Phantoms which have not yet been
delivered to Israel. The Israeli per-
sonnel are at Tinker Air Force
Base, Oklahoma; Hill Air Force
Base, Utah; and George Air Force
Base in California. A class of Is-
raelis jet pilots were graduated
after specialized training on the
Phantoms at George Base.
Defense officials indicated skep-
ticism about an aspect of the press
reports on the purported new Is-
raeli bid which alleged Israeli in-
terest in getting Phantoms equip-
ped to carry nuclear weapons.
They said Israel has repeatedly
denied possession of such weapons
and therefore would not ask spe-
cially-equipped jetplanes or other
A State Department spokesman
delivery systems. Authoritative
declined to comment on press
here disclosed that Jordan,
reports that Israel had asked to
buy additional F-4 Phanom jets which recently received a consign-
ment of F-104 jets from the United
and Skyhawks to maintain air
superiority over its Arab neigh- States, was seeking to hire U. S.
Force veterans and ground
bors. State Department spokes.
man Carl Bartch was asked crew personnel. It was noted that
fliers are being trained
about the reports at a press con-
ference and replied that there by the U. S. Air Force but that
yet able to operate
was "no comment for the time
and maintain the F-104 jets effec-
The report, which has circulated
Mum on Casualties
here for several weeks, was that Moscow
the Nixon administration had been Among Advisers in Egypt
(JTA) — A Daily Ex-
asked to sell Israel about 80 more
Skyhawk A-4 fighter-bombers and press correspondent who had just
about 25 more supersonic Phan- returned from C a i r o reported
toms. At present prices for the Wednesday that according to un-
planes, it was estimated that the confirmed reports, between 10 and
transactions would involve about 35 Russian military advisers in
$150,000,000. Under a 1966 agree- Egypt were killed during recent
ment expanded in January 1968 Israeli air raids near Port Said.
According to Donald Seaman,
during the Johnson administration,
the United States has delivered the Soviet Embassy in Cairo has
more than half of 80 Skyhawks. maintained silence on the alleged
Last Dec. 27, the United States Russian casualties. But the re-
agreed to sell 50 Phantoms to Is- ports were the first of their kind
rael. A number of Israeli pilots since the Soviet Union began tc
have completed training in handl- rearm Egypt after the June 196:
ing the 1,250 mile-an-hour plane. war.
Seaman reported that while the
Meanwhile, Defense Department
officials disclosed that Israeli Air Soviets were participating in the
Power talks to try to find a
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peaceful solution of the Arab-
Israeli conflict, they were main-
taining a peak number of advisers
inside Egypt. He said they num-
bered between 4,000 and 5,000 and
were to be found on every military
level from the desert command to
training cadres. He said most of
the Russian advisers were attached
to the Egyptian army but at least
1,000 were with the navy and air

Seaman said that as a result
of Soviet supplies, a large quan-
titative gap exists between the
Israeli and Arab air forces. He

said the Egyptian air force sup-
plied exclusively by Russia or
Warsaw Pact countries which
manufacture MIGs,- Illyushin
bombers, now number s 700
planes not including trainers,
spares and transports.
This means a strike force of 250
members, fighter-bombers a n d
MIG 21s on the Sinai front, Sea-
man said. Arab air strength on the
eastern front numbers another 250
aircraft in the Syrian and Iraqi
air forces. Thus there are 500
front-line planes arrayed against
300 Israeli French-built planes.
Seaman said that if President
Nasser visits Moscow soon as ru-
mored, one urgent subject on the
agenda of his talks with Soviet
leaders will be how to counter the
force of F-4 Phantom jets that Is-
rael will receive shortly from the
United States.
Seaman said President Nasser
"lives like a man in the hands of
a pawnbroker. Most of Egypt's
earnings are swallowed by the
Communist bloc to pay for arms."
He said the Egyptian leader re-
cently claimed a big air victory
over Israel when in fact Egypt
lost 19 MIGs against two Israeli
London Newspaper Says
Deliveries of Phantoms
to Israel Will Begin Next Month
LONDON (JTA)—The Washing-
ton correspondent of the Daily
Telegraph asserted that the first
deliveries of 50 supersonic F-4
Phantom jets to Israel will start
next month. An agreement to sell
the planes to Israel was reached
with U. S. authorities early this
According to Richard Beeson,
Israel is pressing the Nixon ad-
ministration to sell it more than
100 additional military planes in-
cluding about 80 subsonic Skyhawk
fighter-bombers and 25 more Phan-
toms. This pressure was expected
to build up until Sept. 25, the date
Premier Golda Meir is due in
Washington for talks with Presi-
dent Nixon. Beeson said Israel's
request for more planes reflected
the increasing number of air bat-
tles with the Arabs in recent weeks
and the growing use of Israeli
planes in reprisal raids on Arab
commando bases and artillery posi-

refusal to sell Chieftan tanks to
Israel at this time did not imply
a permanent ban on the sale of
weapons to that country. The semi-
official Cairo newspaper Al Ahram
reported that Britain had assured
Egypt that it would not sell wea-
pons to Israel.


The assurance was reportedly
given by Goronwy Roberts, minis-
ter of state of the Foreign Office
at a meeting with Egyptian Am-
bassador El Feki last Friday. Rob-
erts confirmed that Britain had
not agreed to the sale of Chieftans
to Israel.

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The semi-official Cairo daily,
Al Ahram, called for increased
commando raids along Israel's
borders as "the practical way to
answer the Phantom deal." The
paper asserted that American
aid to Israel will ultimately "re-
sult in strengthening Arab resist-

Egyptian sources were quoted
here in dispatches from the Egyp-
tian capital as warning that Amer-
ican-Egyptian relations were at
their lowest ebb as a result of the
scheduled delivery of the Phantom
planes, due to begin next month.
Meanwhile, of f i c i a l sources
said here Tuesday that Britain's

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