VINNA (Sep. 23)
Spokesmen for the Austrian Chancellery and for the Austrian Foreign Ministry asserted today that no official Israeli intervention was known in reference to a demand by Deputy Defense Minister Shimon Peres for the recall of Austrian and West German rocket scientists from Egypt.
The Israel official had made the demand in an interview published in the Austrian weekly, Wochenpresse. The Austrian Government spokesmen indicated that their first knowledge of such an Israeli demand came from the interview.
Mr. Peres asserted that the activity of the scientists working on advanced weapons systems for President Nasser’s regime seriously influenced public opinion in Israel, and that final Judgments on the two countries would depend on the success of their efforts to bring back the scientists. He added: “We want the Austrian and West German Governments to recall them.”