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Eshkol Says Johnson Promises Answer ‘this Year’ on 50 Phantoms

Prime Minister Levi Eshkol told a group of visiting Canadians yesterday that President Johnson “promised to give me an answer this year” on the 50 F-4 Phantom jets that Israel had requested. He said the promise was made when he visited the President at his Texas ranch last January and added, “we would be asking for 100 Phantoms if we could afford them.” Mr. Eshkol’s references to Israel’s need for military planes to match the Soviet build-up of the Egyptian and Syrian air forces were made in a talk to a delegation representing the Canadian United Jewish