Benjamin Browdy Urges U.S. Government to Grant Israel $500,000,000 in Aid

Benjamin G. Browdy, president of the Zionist Organization of America, today called upon the United States Government to include Israel in its aid to the democracies program by a grant-in-aid of $500,000,000 over a ?period of three to four years. He made the proposal at a press conference here.

It is rather anomalous, he said, that while the American Government is pouring billions of dollars into Europe, the Far East and the entire American homisphere to fight the dangers threatening the existence of the democratic way of life, no such ? aid has been extended to Israel which is clearly no less eligible for United States ? help than any of the countries which are already receiving it so lavishly. The failure to extend the aid program to Israel, he warned, is tantamount to weakening a ? link in the democratic chain which is being forged to strengthen the democratic way of life in the world, he added.

Reviewing the efforts and sacrifices of American Jews for Israel, Mr. Browdy said that by assuming this burden the Jews have taken a burden off the government by doing exactly what the government has done for many other countries in similar circumstances. He also pointed out that Israel was in its present predicament because of its deliberate choice to accept overwhelming numbers of refugee immigrants.

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