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Presidents Conference Urges Reagan Not to Sell Advanced Weapons to Jordan

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The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations sent a telegram to President Reagan last week urging that the Administration not sell advanced weaponry to Jordan since it would “seriously imbalance” the military equation in the Middle East and introduce an added measure of instability into the region.

Responding to reports that the Administration has proposed the sale of advanced aircraft to Jordan, the telegram which was made public today said, “If your Administration is indeed considering resuming arms sales to Jordan, it should do so not before King Hussein has entered into direct negotiations with Israel but only after such negotiations have shown positive results.”

The telegram was signed by Kenneth Bialkin, chairman of the Presidents Conference, and the heads of 39 constituent member organizations of the Conference. There have been reports that the Administration will soon make an announcement on its decision to sell advanced weaponry to Jordan.

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