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Canada to Announce Decision on Jets for Israel “within Few Days”

The Canadian Government hopes to announce “within a few days” its decision on Israel’s application to purchase 24 Canadian-manufactured Sabrejet fighters, Lester B. Pearson, Minister for External Affairs, today told Commons.

Mr. Pearson said that Canada’s consultations with other countries on the matter had been delayed by Suez Canal developments. Several weeks ago, Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent said that Canada would not sell Israel weapons on its own hook, but only in conjunction with other Western nations.