Presidents’ Conference Asks Johnson for Immediate Action on Phantoms for Israel

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations appealed today to President Johnson to supply Israel with Phantom jet planes to provide a dev deterrent “to Arab extremism and war-like acts.” The appeal noted that “continuing Arab aggression, which has recently been heightened by international tensions, once again raises the spectre of an out-and-out war in the Middle East.”

Rabbi Herschel Schacter, chairman of the conference, declared that while both presidential candidates have come out for the supply of the supersonic plane to Israel, “only President Johnson can make such a decision in the near future.” He said the Conference was appealing to the President “to initiate immediate steps to make good America’s commitment to Israel by providing it with the necessary arms that would serve as a deterrent to war.”

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