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French Sale of Jets to Iraq Leaves U.S. Stand on Phantoms for Israel Unchanged

State Department officials said today that nothing new had developed in the American consideration of the pending Israel application to buy 50 F-4 Phantom jet fighter planes because of the disclosure this week that France will sell jet fighter-bombers to Iraq. The United States continued to “observe the situation” in keeping with the general outlines of the policy indicated in the communique issued in Texas following the Eshkol-Johnson talks last January, it was stated.