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Opposes Aircraft to Egypt

U.S. Rep. John M. Murphy (D.NY) charged tonight that the prospective sale of U.S. F-5E fighter bombers to Egypt “would constitute a serous disruption to the delicate balance-of-arms situation between Israel and the Arab nations.” He told a State of Israel Bond dinner in his honor here that it is “totally inconsistent to escalate our arms movements while at the same time discussing peace through de-escalation.” The eight-term Congressman was presented with Israel Bonds’ Menorah Award for his “long-standing endeavors in behalf of Israel’s economic security and peace-seeking efforts in the Middle East.” More than 400 religious, business and Jewish communal leaders attended the dinner, which was sponsored by the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island. Rep. Jim Wright (D. Texas), House Majority Leader, praised Israel for proving that democracy still works.