BONN (Dec. 26)
A German Government spokesman refused today to comment on reports that Israel Premier David Ben Gurion would seek to buy arms from Germany. He said that nothing was known in Bonn of such plans. Informed German sources said today that the German Government almost certainly will reject any Israeli attempt to buy arms in West Germany. They said the government was not prepared to jeopardize its position in the Middle East by supplying arms either to Israel or to the Arab nations.
From Moscow it was reported that the Soviet Army newspaper “Red Star” today attacked the State of Israel in connection with reports that Israel was negotiating with West Germany for Israeli admission to NATO. Israel Premier Ben Gurion denied the reports in Jerusalem Tuesday. “Red Star” charged Mr. Ben Gurion was trying to ally Israel more firmly than ever with the “colonial powers” in their plans against the Arab states. It also said that by joining NATO, Israel would become allied with a nation (Germany) that murdered hundreds of thousands of Jews.”