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Israel Appeals to U.S. and Britain for Lifting of Arms Embargo; Seeks American Arms

February 27, 1950
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The Government of Israel has appealed to the United States to lift its embargo on the shipment of arms to the Jewish state and to allow the sale of U.S. arms to Israel in view of the fact that the Arab states are now being supplied with arms by Britain, it was learned here today. A similar appeal was addressed to the British Government by Tel Aviv.

Informed sources here said that the U.S. has requested that Israel supply this government with full date on the quantity of arms she now possesses and also for assurances that any new arms sought by the Israel Government will be used solely for internal security purposes. No reply to Washington’s request has as yet been received from Tel Aviv, it was stated here.

(In Tel Aviv, Israel Chief of Staff Brig. Yigal Yadin was quoted as saying today that “so long as the Arab states persist in their refusal to sign peace treatiss with Israel, and simultaneously pursue their feverish preparations for war, the only possible explanation from a military viewpoint is that the Arabs want to see a renewal of hostilities.”)

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