WASHINGTON (Jul. 20)
If the war in Palestine had lasted two more weeks before the U.N. truce became effective the Israeli Army would have decisively beaten the Arab armies and could have taken the whole of’ Palestine, Major Reuven Dafni, U.S. representative of the Israeli Army, told a press conference at the Israeli mission here today.
Except for heavy military equipment, the Israeli Army is equipped as well as any, Dafni said. “Give us 50 to 60 fighter bombers, 100 to 120 tanks, and 50 25mm guns,” he said, “and there is no force in the Middle East that can match us.” Asked if he saw any prospects of getting the heavy equipment that Israel needed, Dafni replied that it depended upon the U.S. Only three countries–the U.S., Britain and the J.S.S.R.–produce any quantity of heavy armaments, he pointed out.