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Rabin Says He Will Ask the U.S. for a Five-fold Increase in Its Assistance to Israel

Premier Yitzhak Rabin said on the eve of his trip to Washington today that he would ask the United States for a five-fold increase in its assistance to Israel. Rabin, addressing a meeting of leaders of the North African community, stressed the military economic and social dangers that Israel faces nearly a year after the Yom Kippur War.

“We do not want another war, but we have to be ready to face one. We must hope for the best but he ready for the worst,” the Premier said. He said that to cope with the existing military dangers more reservists would be called up for longer periods the regular army will be increased and more duties will be imposed on conscripts. The Premier stressed that even more important for the nation’s security was how it affected needed changes in the socioeconomic foundations of society.

He said that Israel could make better use of its resources. “We have to increase production. We have to better the services and make them more efficient,” he said. He conceded that there was a disproportionate distribution of the burdens of security, production and services. A sounder basis in the social and economic fields are a guarantee of better security. Rabin said.