WASHINGTON (Dec. 30)
The state Department has decided that there is no useful purpose in making any statement about Israel Foreign Minister Sharett’s complaint concerning the shipment of arms by the Western Powers to the Arab states. This was learned today from informed sources who indicated the Department decisions not to make any statement now
The U.S. Government view is that the Israel complaint is confined to jet aircraft sold by Britain and has nothing to do with other arms Informed sources said they did not know of any shipment from the U.S. important quantities of arms to Egypt or any of the other Arab states.
At the same time, Israel sources here today expressed the fear that Egypt may succeed in obtaining a considerable quantity of arms from the United States in addition to the jet aircraft which it has already secured from Britain. these sources here pointed out that no reassurances on the supply of arms have been received from either the State Department or the British Foreign Office over the Israeli complaint that considerable quantities of arms are flowing to the Arab states. The Israeli sources pointed out that after 10 months Israel has received no reply from the U. S. to its request for arms grants under the Mutual Security Aid program.