JERUSALEM (Dec. 1)
President Zalman Shazar said last night that President Nixon had promised him at the beginning of this year that the US would not stop supplying Israel with the weapons it needs. Addressing a French United Jewish Appeal delegation headed by Baron Guy De Rothschild, Shazar said Premier Golda Meir’s current visit to Washington was essential because the US has been delaying its arms supplies.
Baron De Rothschild told the Israeli head of state that in view of Israel’s urgent needs, French Jewry had increased its contributions by 10-20 percent. The French visitors met with Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir yesterday and heard their country blamed for Israel’s problems with the European Common Market. Sapir contended that but for France’s opposition those problems could be solved. He said he was not sure that a settlement of the Mirage jet deal with France would lead to a more positive French attitude regarding Israel’s admission to the Common Market.