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Israel Purchasing 20 Jet Bombers from France, Paris Newspaper Reports

The influential Paris newspaper Le Monde reported today that Israel was purchasing 20 jet bombers from France. A report from Jerusalem yesterday said that Israel had contracted for six twin engine bombers.

(In Jerusalem today, observers expressed the suspicion that American sources had leaked the story about French jets being sold to Israel with a definite purpose in mind. These sources stressed two important differences between the situation of Israel and the Arab states. Firstly, the Arabs are receiving the Anglo-American craft virtually as a gift. Secondly, Israel can only go to one source for its arms while the Arabs have a wide choice of suppliers. )