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Israel Air Force Chief Stresses Need to Match Arab Jets from U.S.S.R.

Ezer Weizmann, commander of the Israel Air Force, said today that Israel must acquire additional aircraft to match the MIG-19 which the Soviet Union is supplying to the United Arab Republic.

Addressing a group of United Jewish Appeal leaders from Canada, the Air Force Commander said that, while Israel’s Mystere jets were proven in the Sinai campaign to be a match for the UAR’s MIG-15 and while the Supermystere Wautours were in the same class as the MIG-17, Israel had no plane to match the MIG-19, quantities of which have been pouring into the UAR from the Soviet Union. He said the time had come to think of acquiring purely fighter aircraft to supplement Israel’s dual-purpose planes.