WASHINGTON, (JTA) —
William Ro un tr e e, Assistant
Secretary of State for Near East-
ern Affairs, stuck to his stand
for the elimination of Israel
from the United States special
assistance program for fiscal
year 1960 grant aid, in the face
of a vigorous pro-Israel stand
by leading members of the
House Foreign Affairs Commit-
Rountree, testifying before
the committee, was challenged
by Congressmen who insisted
that Israel should be retained
on the list of nations to receive
grant aid. It was pointed out to
Rountree that Israel had been
discriminated against through
omission in the granting of U.S.
military assistance to Near East-
ern nations. Congressmen held
Rabbi MAURICE N. EISENDRATH, president of the
that Israel was at least entitled
to inclusion in the economic UAHC (center), representing the Synagogue Council of
America talks to Congressmen Chester Bowles (D., Conn.)
grant assistance program.
(left) and Laurence Curtis (R., Mass.) prior to the special
Rep. James G. Fulton,
House committee hearing on foreign aid bill. Dr. Eisendrath
Pennsylvania Republican, was
asked the committee for restoration of aid to Israel and exten-
supported by members of
sion of the foreign aid program as vital to our democracy on
both parties, when he spear-
behalf of Jewish religious groups in United States.
headed the defense of Israel's
* * *
right to special assistance par-
ticipation. Rep. Fulton insist- ally. He explained that empha- with Rountree was the second
ed that Israel should continue sis was now on aiding Jordan, overture.
on the list of nations entitled and that Jordan will receive the
The House Foreign Affairs
to grants, even if she receives largest special assistance grant Committee, still not satisfied
a minimum of $5,000,000. He in the next program.
with Rountree's report, may
saw no justification for Is-
write into its final report on the
rael's exclusion from such a
grant program an instruction
"continued strained relations that Israel be reinstated, it be-
But Rountree testified that on the Israeli border, and the came known here. The move to
"Israel itself made significant continuing unsettling effect of write such an instrution is un-
progress in carrying forward its the existence of more than der active instruction and gain-
dynamic internal development half a million Palestinian ref- ing momentum, Congressional
program." He used this as an ugees within the total popu- sources reported.
argument against continued lation of only 1,500,000, Jor- U.S. Discrimination Against
grant aid for Israel, and spoke dan has still remained an in Israel Denied by Experts
of the prospect of improved dependent state."
NEW YORK, (JTA)—Experts
American relations with the
Rear Admiral E. B. Grantham, on American relations with the
United Arab Republic.
Rountree praised the United Jr., director of the Near Eastern Middle East discounted here re-
Arab Republic, stating: "The and African Division of the De- ports that the United States
intends to dis-
UAR is turning its attention fense Department, told the Com- State Department
against Iirael in
actively to the very real prob- mittee that the United States is criminate
blocking out the Washington
lems of its underdeveloped concentrating in building up the Administration's
economy. Progress was made Jordanian defense capacity. He
in aid during the fiscal
during the year in the normali- revealed that "the Department grants
zation of relations between the of Defense, on request of the year 1960.
The experts pointed out that,
United States and the United Jordanian government, conduct-
ed a thorough, on-the-spot sur- actually, the American grants in
Testifying for the Internation- vey of her military establish- aid received by Israel in recent
al Cooperation Administration, ments. Out of this survey, came years constituted only a small
Near Eastern Office Director a series of recommendations, al- proportion of American aid
Leland Barrows outlined the ex- ready transmitted to the Jor- given Israel. They called at-
penditure plans to cover $80,- danian army, which, when im- tention to the fact that, in 1959 ;
000,000 in grants to Near East- plemented, "will do much to im- Israel received $7,500,000
through grants in aid, $38,000,-
ern. nations. Israel was not prove her defensive picture."
among the countries to receive Admiral Grantham said that 000 from the surplus food corn -
a grant. Barrows said that the other steps to bolster Jordan's modity program, $2,000,000 in
U.S., in drawing up the grant military striking power "may technical assistance, and a $5. -
program, was primarily inter- also be required, and are now 000,000 loan from the Develop-
ested "in areas of special inter- under consideration." He also ment Loan Fund. The latter fig-
est" being supported economic- recommended a program of mili- ure may be increased, the ex-
tary assistance for fiscal year perts said, since the Loan Fund
1960 for Saudi Arabia, and said does not operate on a fiscal-year
that a requirement for Lebanon basis.
Above all, the experts insist-
may develop. No grant of mili-
tary assistance was recommend- ed, there is no connection what-
OUR PRICES ed
ever between the move to elimi-
Another session with Roun- nate Israel from the fiscal 1960
tree was held by Yaacov Her- grants in aid program, and
zog, Minister of the Israel Em- America's attitude toward the ;
bassy in Washington. After the United Arab Republic. They did
meeting, Israeli sources said concede that three Arab states
that State Department officials —Jordan, Libya and Morocco—
had insisted there was no poli- have already had U. S. grants-
tical motive to the termination in-aid funds earmarked for fis-
of the grant program to Israel. cal 1960.
The Israel sources added
the Department of State Israeli Watchman Slain
contends that economic con- by Jordan Marauder
siderations for ending the aid
TEL AVIV (JTA—An Israeli
were based on Israel's gross was
killed by Arab infiltrators,
and the restrictive nature of he was on from
CLOSE AS YOUR PHONE
as a night
the special assistance pro- watchman in duty
the settlement of
Ramat Rachel, on the outskirts
While they gained an impres- of Jerusalem.
sion that the State Department
He was making his rounds
might compensate for this lack accompanied by another watch-
of special . assistance through man. When they switched on
other programs, Israeli officials an electric light in a cowshed,
insisted that the grant program one shot was fired, killing one
in question is vital to Israel's of the men instantly.
United Nations observers, to
Israel's economic arguments, whom Israel complained at
already being studied by the once, found tracks leading to
S H R y
State Department, will be scru- the nearby Jordanian border.
tinized further. Ambassador Ab- The UN observers also found
12813 LINWOOD ba Eban made the first econ- some empty Sten gun cart-
omic presentation, and it is ridges near the spot where the
believed that Herzog's meeting' Israeli was killed.
New York UJA Raises $12 Million Towards Total
NEW YORK (JTA) — More dinner attended by 600 leading
than $12,000,000 has been raised members of New York's Jewish
thus far by the United Jewish community. The dinner was a
Appeal of Greater New York farewell to Ambassador Abba
towards its 1959 campaign, it Eban who is returning to Israel
was announced here at a UJA next month to enter politics.
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State Department Adheres to Strict Policy
Barring Israel from Grant-in-Aid Funds