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Deny Claim Israelis Training South African Soldiers

Political circles here flatly denied today reports alleging that cadres of Israeli soldiers were training South African troops. The issue was raised in the Knesset yesterday by Marcia Freedman of the Independent Socialist Party, a recently formed left-leaning faction.

Ms. Freedman claimed she had information from a “reliable source” that “hundreds” of Israeli soldiers were serving as instructors at military training bases in South Africa. She did not disclose her source but demanded that the Defense Minister confirm or deny the reports Offices at the Defense Ministry said yesterday that the allegation was ridiculous.