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Reports Denied That Israel’s Envoy to France Told to Accept Money for Mirages

Political circles here denied reports today that Israel’s new Ambassador to France, Asher Ben Nathan, has been Instructed to accept a French offer of $60 million for 50 embargoed Mirage jets bought and paid for by Israel. Mr. Ben Nathan, formerly Israel’s envoy to Bonn, will take up his Paris post later this month. The circles here said the possibility of accepting French reimbursement for the jets was “not under consideration at all.” The Mirages were embargoed by former President Charles de Gaulle during the June, 1967 war when he accused Israel of aggression.