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Congressman Criticizes Delay on Phantom Jet Sales to Israel

February 26, 1968
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Rep. Edward J. Gurney, Florida Republican, announced this weekend that he would seek to determine “why President Johnson is deferring action on the sale of Phantom jets needed by Israel to meet the Communist military buildup” while authorizing the shipments of F-104 supersonic jets to Jordan.

Rep. Gurney said that Jordan was using United States arms against Israel and cited terrorist attacks. He asked: “When is the Johnson Administration going to learn that American weapons in the hands of Jordan are inevitably going to be used against Israel?”

He charged that “the Arabs have clearly demonstrated that they have climbed into bed with the Communists, while America is trying to hold the line around the globe against this evil..One of the few friends helping out in this life and death struggle is Israel.” He asked: “Why are we arming her enemies so that they can destroy this brave little nation?”

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