WASHINGTON (Nov. 28)
A new American-Israel defensive relationship was asked today by National Commander Morton London of the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A., because Israel “faces a greater menace from Soviet Jet bombers and rockets in the hands of her Arab neighbors than America does from Cuba.”
In a statement supporting President Kennedy’s stand on removal of the IL-28 Soviet Jet bombers from Cuba, Mr. London stressed that the United Arab Republic is equipped with much more modern and dangerous TU-16 Soviet Jet bombers.
“But instead of backing Israeli protests against the introduction of these dangerous offensive weapons into the Near East, the State Department actually is indirectly financing their purchase by increasing economic assistance and loans to Col. Nasser, ” said Mr. London. He pointed out that this enabled Nasser to divert the UAR’s own resources from domestic needs to the purchase of more Soviet Jet bombers and missile equipment.