WASHINGTON (May. 27)
Mutual security assistance for Israel was urged today by Sen. H. Alexander Smith, of New Jersey, one of three Senators who critically questioned aid for Israel during hearings last month before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Sen. Smith told the Senate, which today voted against a proposed further cut of $1,000,000,000 in general Mutual Security Aid funds, that “direct aid is needed in the case of Israel because of the deplorable condition of the people.” He said “the State of Israel has courageously assumed responsibility for taking care of millions of homeless people who have fled from persecution in Europe, especially from Germany.”
“We feel,” Sen. Smith said, “a special interest in and responsibility for the new State of Israel, which has so resolutely started its life under difficult conditions.” He pointed out that funds “for Israel and for the Arab refugees are established to insure a greater degree of stability in the Near East and to give desperately needed aid to resettle thousands of homeless people.”