Sen. Richard Stone (D-Fla.) asked White House national security adviser Zbnigniew Brzezinski to arrange the transfer of several bureaucrats he thinks do not understand Israel's weapons needs, according to reliable sources.
Stone presented Brzezinski with what one source called "a hit list" during a meeting in the first weeks of the Carter administration.
Most of the officials Stone wanted removed currently work at the Pentagon in positions in which they analyze Israeli weapons requests, sources said. It could not be learned how many names were on the list.
Brzezinski has no intention of becoming involved in the personnel policies of other departments of the government, a spokesman said. "Brzezinski found his meeting with Stone interesting and found the senator's views helpful," the spokesman added.
Stone refused to discuss the meeting. He said he considers all his conversations with Brzezinski to be confidential because they deal with national security.
Asked if personnel matters are national security issues, Stone said: "I think it would be very wrong to discuss any aspect of my conversation with Brzezinski."
One official called Stone's request "an extraordinary attempt at interference."
The officials Stone sought to knock out of their positions take what he considers totally mistaken attitudes in the analyses that the government periodically makes of Israel's weapons needs.
Stone is a strong supporter of Israel. He became a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this year and has been named chairman of the subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, which has jurisdiction over Mideast problems. Stone is Jewish.
U.S. military credits for Israel are $1 billion a year of which half is to be repaid and half is a gift. In addition, Israel receives about $800 million in other aid which also goes to pay for weapons.
The Pentagon and other government departments review Israel's military strength in relation to its Arab enemies from time to time for the purpose of making sure that Israel is not losing the military advantage that deters an Arab attack like that in October, 1973.
Recent reviews have concluded that Israel could contain any combination of attacking forces within a short period and move onto the offensive, according to reliable sources.
However, some supporters of Israel have questioned this conclusion.
Israeli officials also have been concerned by a number of stories leaked to the press that have had the effect of arousing opposition to Israel's acquisition of new weapons from the United States and sales of Israeli weapons to other nations.
Some believe the leaks come from pro-Arab officials in the Pentagon.