World: Disarming Ventures

BECAUSE they sometimes have difficulty in buying arms abroad, the Israelis have resorted to subterfuge on a number of memorable occasions in order —so to speak—to bring home the bacon.

During the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, Israel set up a dummy movie company in Britain, ostensibly to shoot a film about the New Zealand air force's role in World War II. The Israelis bought four Bristol Beaufighters and a Mosquito with the understanding that the planes would not leave the country. One morning the five planes, cleared to fly as far as Exeter to shoot...

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