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October 22, 1976 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-10-22

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12 Friday, October 22, 1976

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

GRAEME Pentagon Sources Believed Behind Attacks on Ford
FLOWERS

WASHINGTON (JTA)
— State Department and
Pentagon elements bent
on justifying the con-
tinued sales of American
arms to Saudi Arabia and
Jordan are believed to be
behind the attacks on
President Ford for his
latest decision to supply
new military equipment
to Israel.

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These same elements
are also believed to be de-
liberately leaking lists of
weapons supposedly ap-
proved for sale to Israel.
Their implication is that
if Israel can receive new
advanced weapons sys-
tems, Congress should
not oppose similar sales
to the two Arab countries.
The attacks on Ford
were attributed to un-
named sources within the
U.S. government. A re-
port in the Washington
Post under a six-column
front page headline, "Is-
rael to Get New U.S.
Bombs, Scanning De-
vice," said "a governmen-
tal source" called the
President's pledge to Is-
rael "a ,clear cut case of
sacrificing the national
security interest for flag-
rant political reasons."
According to "informed
sources," the report said
"The decision was made
Friday in the White House
without the usual discus-
sion and examination
within the executive
branch." Allegations were
also made that the latest
sale of weapons would
upset the Middle East
military balance.
The sales, according to
these elements, total
about $200 million, a
small fraction of the more
than $6 billion in military
contracts that Sen. Clif-
ford Case (R-N.J.) said the
United States has
negotiated with Saudi
Arabia this past year.
Case, the ranking Re-
publican member of the
Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, has opposed
burgeoning arms de-
liveries to Saudi Arabia
and Jordan.
According to the re-
ports, the equipment for
Israel spproved by Ford
includes two new weap-
ons systems never before
shipped to the Middle
East. These reportedly
.are the FLIR infra-red
systeni that can "see" in
the dark and CBU "con-
cussion bombs." Israeli
and U.S. sources previ-
ously described such re-
ports as "incorrect" and
"speculative."
The State Department
refused to reveal the

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items, saying, "We don't
discuss publicly military
equipment sales to Israel
or any other country."
Department spokes-
man Robert Funseth
pointed out that the de-
tails will come out "in let-
ter of notification of of-
fers sent to the Con-
gress." He said that these
letters are "sent . as
schedules of delivery are
arranged."
Meanwhile, former De-
fense Secretary James R.
Schlesinger joined in the
criticism of President
Ford for supplying Israel
with sophisticated
weaponry.

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for its arms purchases
over the next three years.
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He said the President's
decision to sup-
ply Israel with the arms
was a "sudden, abrupt,
pre-election reassess-
ment which has not been
coordinated with the De-
fense Department."
In the meantime, a top-
level U.S. military dele-
gation led by Deputy Sec-
retary of Defense William
Clements visited Israel
this week as part of a
10-day swing from
Tunisia to Iran.
In Tel Aviv, the ques-
tion of the timetable
of deliveries by the Un-
ited' States to Israel of
recently-publicized high-
ly sophisticated weapons
systems were discussed
for several hours at a
meeting between Cle-
ments and his aides with
Defense Minister Shimon
Peres and his experts,
headed by Chief of Staff
Gen. Mordecai Gur.

Peres said at a Cabinet
meeting that inflation
has compelled Israel to
shelve certain military
purchases or to stagger
them over a longer
period.
Nevertheless, he said,
Israel would still be short

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At the same time, Is-
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munications issued a
strongly worded protest
that other airlines have
so far failed to emmulate
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Clements also met with
Premier Yitzhak Rabin in
Jerusalem for talks on the
balance of power in the
region, Israel's ability to
defeat the Arabs, and the
current purchasing list
proposed by Israel.
It was also learned that
Clements and his aides
decided to extend their
stay in Israel for an addi-
tional day, leaving Israel
for Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Defense
Minister Shimon Peres
said he would ask the
Cabinet's approval shortly
to make a down payment
on the $200 million worth
of U.S. weapons that Pres-
ident Ford approved for
sale to Israel last week.

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