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December 19, 1969 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-12-19

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Friday, December 19, 1969-15

Senate Bill Retail's
Desalination Funds
but Fulbright Irked

Senate Foreign Relations Commit


tee reported out a Senate versMii
of the House foreign aid bill laa
week that retained an author- 1/a
tion for $40,000,000 in desalination
funds for Israel and other sum-,
for Israeli institutions.
(Dem., Ark.) chairman of the
Senate Foreign Relations Commit-
tee, lashed out against America's
foreign aid program which, he
charged, has become an - instru-
ment for the perpetuation of the
political status quo in the Middle
East and elsewhere.
Sen. Fulbright's ire was directed
specifically at the foreign aid
authorization bill passed by the
Senate which provides a $40,000,-
000 loan for Israel to finance a
water desalination plant.
The Senator charged that
friends of Israel were able to get
more United States government
money for that country than U.S.
senators could obtain for pro-
jects in their home states. He
claimed that certain foreign
countries are treated with favor-
itism and asked the Senate to
consider if it was "more impor-
tant to have a desalting plant in
the Middle East than in our own
Southwest." Sen. Fulbright also
attacked appropriations for pro-
jects in Taiwan, South Korea,
South Vietnam and other places.
The Senator, a leading opponent
of America's involvement in the
Vietnam war, suggested that the
Nixon administration is currently
"in the throes" of a wide-ranging
reappraisal of U.S. policy from
Asia to the Mid East. His reference
was apparently to the statement
of U.S. Mid East policy by Secre-
tary of State William P. Rogers
here last week.
The Senate's foreign aid appro-
priations bill retained the $40,000,-
000 authorization for Israel that
was included in a bill passed last
week by the House. The Senate
version, however, authorizes a
loan, while the House bill makes
an outright grant to Israel. The
two versions must be worked out
by a Senate-House conference.
It is thought likely that the
authorization will be retained in
some form in the final bill. But
the administration may elect not
to implement it. The White House
is known to oppose spending U.S.
funds for the desalination project.
The House Appropriations Com-
mittee, however, has already vot-
ed $20,000,000 to begin implement-
ing the five-year program. Feasi-
bility studies made by the John-
son administration indicated the
advisability of a desalting develop-
ment in. Israel.
The technology achieved would
be the product o'f joint American-
Israeli cooperation. The authori-
zation bill also includes sums for
various Israeli institutions, includ-
ing the Hebrew University-Hadas -
sah Hospital and the Weizmann
Institute of Science.

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Arab Terrorists Lose
2,000 Men Since War

ing to well-informed sources. there
are some 8,000 Arabs presently ac-
tive in the campaign of terror
against Israel. Since the end of
the Six-Day-War, 2,000 have lost
their lives, including fatalities
from air attacks.

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the number of terrorists down.

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approximately eight times that
earned by a soldier in the Egyp-
tian or Jordanian army. The CAR
pays its soldiers $4 a month. while
the monthly pay of a Jordanian

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