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Britain Rejects Israel Application for Arms; Says Peace with Arabs Must Come First

The British Government has turned down an Israel application to purchase arms and certain chemicals in Britain, it was learned here today.

The Foreign Office, informing the Israel Government of this decision, added that permission to make such purchases would be withheld until Israel had made peace with the Arab states.

The application for the purchase of certain types of arms and ammunition for which licenses are required was made by the Jewish state some months ago when the British Government announced that it had resumed arms deliveries to the Arab states.

Israel’s request, it is understood, was comparatively modest. It did not include such items as Vampire jet fighters, Lincoln bombers or 60-ton Centurian tanks, all of which have recently been delivered to Egypt. When the Israel legation made its first approach it was assured that the request would receive sympathetic consideration at the Foreign Office.