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Page .-Friday, May 121978-the Michigan Daily
Senate committee deadlocked on
Middle East fighter jet sales

WASHINGTON (UPI) - On an 8-8
vote, the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee yesterday blocked an effort
to reject President Carter's proposed
Middle East jet sale, giving him a slim
initial victory in his bid to provide war-
planes to Israel, Egypt and Saudi
Arabia.
The committee then voted
unanimously to inform the Senate it
could make no recommendation on the
sale of 200 warplanes to the three Mid-
dle East nations.
The 8-8 vote came on a move by Sen.
Josephy Biden (D-Del.) to kill the
package. The Senate now must vote on
a move to discharge the committee
from further responsibility on the arms
sales issue. If it refuses to discharge the
committee, the sale automatically
would go through.
If the discharge petition carries, a
resolution of disapproval of either part
or all the package would be debated by
the full Senate for 10 hours before a
vote.
ISRAEL HAS complained bitterly
over the inclusion of 60 F15s, considered
the world's best jet fighter, to Saudi
Arabia. The sale will go through unless
Congress objects.
The vote came after nearly two hours
of discussion which revealed deep
divisions over whether selling
sophisticted jets could torpedo the
search for Middle East peace.
The committee failed to heed a plea
from Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho) to
"give peace a chance," and permit the
parties in the Middle East to settle their
historical conflicts at the peace table.
Church, in line to be chairman of the
committee, said Carter's assurances
about the $5 billion sale of jets to Israel,
Egypt and Saudi Arabia were not suf-
ficient. He said the committee should
reject the proposal and bring the issue
to the floor of the Senate for full debate.
BOTH CHURCH and Sen. Clifford
Case of New Jersey, ranking

AP Photo
Three members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, from left, Clifford Case (R-N.J), Chairman John Sparkman
(D-Ala.) and Frank Church (D-Idaho), confer before the panel voted on the proposed sale of U.S. warplanes to the Middle
East.

Republican on the committee, had
urged rejection.
Voting against the Biden resolution
were: John Sparkman (D-Ala.), com-
mittee chairman? George McGovern
(D-S.D.), John Glenn (D-Ohio), Muriel
Humphrey (D-Minn.), James Pearson
(R-Kan.), Charles Percy (R-Ill.),
Robert Griffin (R-Mich.), and Howard
Baker (R-Tenn.).
Besides Church, Case and Biden,
those voting to disapprove the sale
were: Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.), Dick
Clark (D-Iowa), Richard Stone (D-
Fla.), Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) and
Jacob Javits (R-N.Y.).

IN ADDITION to the 60 F15s for Saudi
Arabia, the package includes 15 F15s
and 75 F-16s for the Israelis and 50
slower F-5s for Egypt.
Despite charges he is bowing to
pressure from the oil-rich Saudis, Car-
ter has stressed he would not tolerate
breaking up the package to weaken
what the two Arab countries are to get.
But in a separate move to cool op-
position, Carter yesterday told
Congress he will seek 20 additional F15s
for Israel next year.
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of the sale would harden the position of
the moderate Saudis and make Middle
East peace more difficult, forcing
Saudi Arabia to buy similar jets from
France.
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