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April 09, 1965 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-04-09

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End to Nasser Aid Demanded in Senate; Israel Pact Urged

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The
Senate Foreign Relations Commit-
tee Tuesday voted to put Congress
on record as demanding an im-
mediate halt in aid shipments to
any country, like Egypt, which al-
lows United States property to be
damaged by mob action.
The committee acted on a pro-
posal by Sen. Vance Hartke, In-
diana Democrat, who felt that the
recent burning of the John F. Ken-
nedy Memorial Library in Cairo
should not be tolerated.
The measure voiced the sense
of Congress but is, not mandatory.
It asked that aid be severed and
restored only when the President
determines that anti-American ac-
tion has ceased and has received
suitable assurances it will not be
,tresumed.
The new provision, not requested
by the administration, was added
to the $3,400,000,000 foreign aid bill
now pending before the commit-
tee. It was added after senators
voiced reservations about con-
tinued aid to such nations as Egypt,
which have permitted desecration
of American facilities.
Meanwhile, in a speech on the
floor of the House of Representa-
tives, Rep. Thomas C. McGrath,
Jr., New Jersey Democrat, call-
ed on the government Tuesday
to enter a mutual security pact
with Israel, to supply Israel with
weapons, and to cease shipment
of American arms to all Arab
states.
He cited Arab threats to divert
Israel's water sources and said:
"I feel it is time that the United
States enter into a mutual security
pact with Israel, our only reliable
ally in the Middle East."
In support of his demand, he
quoted a statement made last
month by President Nasser of
Egypt that "we shall enter Pales-
tine on a path of blood." Accord-
ing to Rep. McGrath, "prepara-
tions are already underway to di-
vert large quantities of water from
the Jordan, and Israel can reason-
ably be expected to resist with
force."
He pointed out that "Soviet Rus-
sia is supplying Nasser with mas-
sive amounts of modern weapons."
Also, he said, German scientists
are continuing work to create nu-
clear weapons for Egypt. De-
nouncing American aid to Nasser,
Rep. McGrath said that "without
American aid, he could not have
afforded German technicians and
the materials they use."
He said the Congress was asked
in February to continue aid to Nas-
ser "in order that the last door to
reasoning with President Nasser
might not be closed." But, he ob-
served, "our reasoning has not re-
sulted in abatement of his threats
against Israel, and the time is fast
approaching when Israel will be-

gin irrigating the Negev with Jor-
dan River waters."
While the State Department at-
tempts to reason with Nasser, he
said, "we must also follow a more
practical course—providing Israel
with weapons in order to maintain
the military balance. That is the
only way to forestall an outbreak
of war in that volatile part of the
world."
Addressing a public affairs
conference in Chicago, Rep. Ro-
man C. Pucinski, Illinois Demo-
crat, urged that Congress
"recognize the realities of life
in the Middle East by approving
as quickly as possible legislation
barring Nasser and the Arab
states from boycotting Ameri-
can industry which does busi-
ness with Israel."
At the conference, sponsored by
the Zionist Organization of Ameri-
ca, Rep. Pucinski said "This at-
titude by the Arab states is con-
temptible and one has a right to
ask how much longer will the

United States government con-
tinue to tolerate such impudence."
Declaring that Israel has never
been in greater danger, Rep. Puc-
inski voiced the hope that the U. S.
government would again reaffirm
"its unequivocal determination
that any act of aggression by the
Arab states against Israel is an
act of aggression against the
United States and the Western
democracies."
Referring to the current Israel-
Arab dispute over the Jordan river
waters, the Illinois Congressman
called for "a bold reaffirmation"
by the United States of the pro-
posal for distribution of the waters
advanced in 1953 by the late U. S.
envoy Eric Johnston and the tech-
nical provisions of which were ac-
cepted by both Israel and the Arab
states. The plan was later re-
jected by the Arab states for poli-
tical reasons.
"It is my belief," he declared,
"that peace can be brought a lit-
tle closer to reality when the water

problem is resolved in the Middle
East. It would be my hope that
the United States will stand firm
in supporting the moderate pro-
posals of Israel in bringing about
such a solution. It is only a firm
position that the Arab states un-
derstand."

*

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