TEL AVIV (Jan. 10)
Egypt has established missile launching bases in the Sinai Desert from which the Egyptian Government could fire toward Israel its El Kaher and El Zafer rockets, developed by West German scientists and aided toward perfection by at least two Americans, the Lebanese press in Beirut reported today.
The Beirut newspaper El Hyat also reported that an American spokesman had explained that United States shipments of arms to the Arab states resulted from Israel’s refusal to accept Washington advice against Israeli retaliations to counter Arab border raids. The spokesman was quoted as giving the following three reasons for the American arms shipments to the Arab states: 1. United States desire to achieve a balance between Israeli and Arab armaments; 2. an effort to balance Soviet arms shipments and armaments shipped from the West; 3. an attempt to use American shipments in an effort to push Soviet influence out of the Middle East.
(Israel will maintain a strong deterrent military force regardless of cost as the best means for maintaining peace in view of the growing arms race in the Middle East, Israel Ambassador Avraham Harman declared last night in Miami. Addressing the 18th annual scholarship dinner of the Greater Miami Hebrew Academy, Ambassador Harman said that the founding of the State of Israel 18 years ago was an indication of the “overriding Jewish will to live following the Nazi period.”)