TEL AVIV, (May. 7)
Brig. Chaim Laskov. Israel Army Chief of Staff, asserted today that, because the Air Force is now the key to any future battles, “our primary aim is to attain air superiority which also gives superiority on the ground and sea. “
Gen. Lasko made this declaration in a special Independence Day edition of “Maara-chot, ” the Israel Army publication. He also pointed out the need for large sums to acquire weapons which become obsolete in a short time. However, he added that “our stress at the present time and in the future, as in the past, is on the quality of both men and equipment, and not only on quantity. “
Shimon Peres, the general director of the Defense Ministry, wrote in the same issue that it was Israel’s military power which barred Arab attacks. He said Israel would get powerful new arms to cope with the recent weapons acquisitions by the Arab states.