PARIS (May. 24)
The first commercial jets manufactured in Israel will be displayed at the International Air Show which President Georges Pompidou will open officially Thursday at Le Bourget Airport. But there will be no Israeli officials among the foreign dignitaries attending the opening, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today. The organizers of the air show, a syndicate of French aircraft manufacturers, banned invitations to officials of countries that France regards as belligerents in the Mideast conflict–Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Israel. M. Chassagny, president of the syndicate, told the JTA that he had sent an invitation to a “foremost Israeli personality” to attend in a private capacity “because of the friendship and esteem which we have for him.” He said the invitation was turned down Delegations present from Arab countries not regarded as belligerents by France include: Libya, Lebanon, Iraq and Algeria. Israel’s “Jet Commander” and the “Arava” will be exhibited at the Air Show.