JERUSALEM (Dec. 30)
Israel could purchase French Mystere-4-B jet planes, which are superior to the Mystere-4 fighters this country bought from France recently. it was stated here today by Piere Montel, chairman of the French National Assembly’s defense committee.
M. Montel made his statement here just before departing for home after a five-day visit. He said all Israel needs do to get the Mystere-4-B planes is to ask for them.
The French legislator expressed himself as satisfied with Israel’s appreciation of the help she received from France earlier in the form of jet planes and tanks. He advised Israel to use the “bargaining power” it acquired through the recent military operations in an effort to obtain satisfactory guarantees against further border raids by Arab elements and against resumption of the Arab blockade against Israel.
M. Montel, who expects to go to the United States, said he will explain the situation here to Americans so that they might understand Israel’s position more clearly. He expressed the hope that Americans as a whole, and especially President Eisenhower, might soon “reach a more realistic understanding of Israel’s fears.”