Israel Re-evaluates Military Needs; Plans to Meet Arab Strength

Israel’s aim in the field of guarding the country’s security must be to obtain superiority in effective deterrent forces, the Cabinet has decided.

That decision resulted today from careful evaluation of a discussion held by the Cabinet yesterday, when the military needs of Israel, posited against Egypt’s recent acquisition of long-range missiles and of other military developments, were discussed by the Government.

The full-scale Cabinet debate on security took place after detailed reports by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, who is also Minister of Defense, and Deputy Defense Minister Shimon Peres. Among the items discussed were:

The need to re-evaluate Israel’s policy of military-supply procurement, in view of the changes in the power balance as between Israel and the Arab states; the possible need for a supplementary budget for defense purposes; and the need for mobilization of all of Israel’s resources to help rectify the present imbalance.

In general, the Cabinet felt, a change in the nation’s attitude toward security and defense problems is indicated by the new military developments.

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