Mideast Report

JERUSALEM (JPS) — Retired Israel air force generals blasted the publication in London of revelations about the IAF, saying the information would help Arab armies.

The latest edition of Jane's World Airforces details the number of aircraft, names and locations of squadrons and inventories of weapons.

"The bottom line is that this causes very grave damage," former IAF commander Avihu Bin-Nun said.

According to the report, Israel has at least 699 aircraft, including 243 F-16s and 72 F-15s. The IAF also has two squadrons of Jericho IRBM missiles located at the Sdot Micha air base near Lod.

It also listed the number, location, name and function of each IAF squadron at 11 air bases around the country.

The report was published in March but wasn't noticed in Israel until the military analyst for the Yediot Aharonot daily newspaper, Alex Fishman, reported on it Tuesday, sending shock waves through the military.

Retired Brig. Gen. Oded Erez told Israel Radio that not all of Jane's information is correct and that most of it has been published abroad before.

Jordan to get jets under peace treaty

WASHINGTON (JTA) — As a reward for making peace with Israel, the Jordanian air force will soon receive 16 American fighter jets.

Delivered under a no-cost, five-year lease, the jets will satisfy the commitments the United States made to Jordan after the Hashemite kingdom signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994.

The lease of the fighter jets will cost the United States $220 million. Last year, the United States forgave $275 million in Jordanian debts.

News of the lease comes on the eve of an expected visit to Jordan by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Jordanian officials said Netanyahu would meet King Hussein and Crown Prince Hassan, among others, during his visit.

The acquisition of the U.S. aircraft is part of an attempt by Jordan to modernize its air force, which is made up of planes as old as 20 years.