JERUSALEM (Sep. 23)
Israel hailed the Canadian Government decision to sell it 24 jet fighter planes as a move which will improve the chances of peace in the Middle East.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the two dozen jets would be an important addition to Israel’s defensive strength at a moment when threats to its security are mounting. “They will increase the chances for peace,” he continued, “by serving as a deterrent to aggression.” He termed Canada’s action a further step in the development of cordial relations which have existed since the earliest days of Israel’s independence.
The spokesman paid tribute to the efforts of Michael S. Comay, Israel’s Ambassador to Ottawa, who successfully carried through the drawn out negotiations for the sale of the powerful planes.