TEL AVIV (Apr. 13)
The Chief of Staff of Israel’s armed forces put to rest today speculation that the new long range artillery received from the US–the MMV-107–indicated that Israel may pull back from the Suez Canal banks. Maj. Gen. David Elazar told artillery cadet graduates that “the new long range pieces have strengthened the Army’s artillery corps. They are not intended to draw you back from the cease-fire line but to extend your fire power deeper into enemy territory,” he said. The MMV-107 has a longer range than Soviet artillery deployed in the canal zone and is considered capable of knocking out Egypt’s SAM-missile defense system.