U.S. Government Will Increase Its Aid to Countries in Near East; Israel Gets More Wheat

Secretary of State Dean Acheson today told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the U.S. Government plans “to make stronger the several strong points” in the Near East” and to help other countries to strengthen themselves against the danger of internal subversion.”

Mr. Achason said: “We are proposing military aid of 415 million dollars and economic aid of 125 million dollars for these purposes.” He didn’t specifically mention Israel but it was clear that Israel is included in the area to which he referred.

Israel will receive part of Italy’s unused wheat allocation for the period ending July 31st, it was learned here today, thus reducing Israel’s need for open-market purchases.

Israel, which had a quota of 160,000 tons of wheat fixed by the International Wheat Council for the year ending July 31, had to buy an additional 60,000 tons at a price of $20.a ton over the price set by the export quota agreement. An application was made to the Council at its meeting in London to increase the Israel quota to 280,000 in view of the increase in the Israel population, the dependence of a large part of the population on bread as a major item of diet, and the failure of the Israel wheat crop this year.

The Council decided not to increase quotas for any country, but to re-establish the same quotas for the coming year as for the past year. However, the Council agreed that surplus, unused wheat quotas would be made available in part at least to Israel.

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