Report of Chancellor’s Approval of Arms to Israel Denied in Germany

The West German Defense Ministry denied this weekend reports in the American press claiming that Chancellor Ludwig Erhard recently approved armament deliveries to Israel, including tanks and submarines, valued at a total of $86,000,000. An official of the Ministry of Defense said the reports appeared to be echoes of similar reports in the past.

Meanwhile, this weekend, the Government admitted that other West German scientists and technicians have gone to Egypt to replace some who had left Egypt after working on various armament programs being developed by the Nasser Government. These armaments are destined for ultimate use against Israel. Answering a question in the Bundestag, lower house of Parliament, Prof. Karl Carstens, State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, said the Government did not know how many engineers and technicians had recently started working for the Egyptians.

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