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Israeli Deserter” Charges USSR Supplying Israel with Arms; Cannot Prove Allegation

November 7, 1948
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A man claiming to be a deserter from the Israeli air force today told acting mediator Ralph Bunche that the Jewish state has been receiving “vast amounts” of war materiel via a Russian-sponsored aerial supply route from Czechoslovakia, a U.N. spokesman announced here today.

The self-styled deserter was presented to Dr. Bunche by two American newspapermen here, Nat Barrows of the Chicago Tribune and Homer Metz of the Christian Science Monitor.

The U.N. spokesman carefully underlined the fact that the deserter had no credentials to prove his identity nor any proofs to substantiate his story nor was his story confirmed from any other source. The spokesman denied that British intelligence had contacted Dr. Bunche on this matter. Since Dr. Bunche has no intelligence service and since no proof is available to substantiate the charges the mediator is unable to draw his own conclusions and regards the affair as extremely hypothetical.

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