“I. The Government of the United States has reaffirmed its concern for the
maintenance of Israel's security and has renewed its assurance that the
United States firmly opposes aggression in the Near East and remains
committed to the independence and integrity of Israel.
II. The Government of Israel has reaffirmed that Israel will not be the first
to introduce nuclear weapons into the Arab-Israel area.
III. In view of the importance of an effective Israel deterrent capacity as a
major factor in preventing aggression in the area, the United States will of
course continue, as in the past, to be ready to discuss with Israel its
needs and problems.
IV. The United States has informed the Government of Israel that it may sell
quantities of arms and military equipment to Jordan in order to preclude the
Soviet supply of arms through the UAC to
Jordan. King Hussein has assured the
United States that if he purchases US tanks, he intends to keep his armor on
the East Bank of the Jordan. The United States also has made clear to King
Hussein that if he purchases
Soviet arms there will be no sales from the United States. The United States
will keep Israel informed of the completion of any deal with Jordan for the
provision of US arms and equipment.
V. It is understood that Israel is not interested in buying some of the
particular items sold to Jordan. Instead the United States will sell Israel
on favorable credit terms, or otherwise help Israel procure, certain arms
and military equipment as follows:
A. The United States will ensure the sale directly to Israel at her request
of at least the same number and quality of tanks that it sells to
B. In the event of the Federal Government of Germany not supplying to Israel
the remainder of the 150 M48 tanks outstanding under the German-Israel tank
deal of 1964, the United States will ensure the completion of this
C. The United States is further prepared to ensure an opportunity for Israel
to purchase a certain number of combat aircraft, if not from Western
sources, then from the United States.
VI. The Government of Israel intends to provide the Government of the United
States with a list of its requirements in the near future and requests that
discussions on this list take place in Washington at a mutually convenient
VII. The Governments of the United States and Israel agree that full secrecy
shall be maintained on all matters referred to herein and all subsequent
actions taken in this connection, until the two governments agree on how and
when to divulge them. The Government of the United States has explained to
the Government of Israel that premature publicity on the matters covered
under this understanding could create serious complications for the United
States in its relations with other states in the area. The Government of
Israel has informed the Government of the United States that it understands
this concern and will be guided accordingly.”
1Source: National Archives and
Records Administration, RG 59, Central
Files 1964–66, DEF 12–5 JORDAN. Secret; Immediate; Exdis. Received on March 10 at 8:38 p.m.
and passed to the White House and DOD.