WASHINGTON (Jul. 23)
Israel will get less American aid this year than last year it became clear today following a vote last night by the House to reduce foreign aid appropriations in general. Additional reductions in Mutual Security funds–including requested aid for Israel–may be made by the Senate Appropriations Committee, it was predicted today.
Although there was no exact amount voted for Israel, it was estimated today that the $20,000,000 cut in economic funds for the Arab-Israel area voted by the House last night may cost Israel about $10,000,000. On the technical assistance figure in the current Mutual Security Administration bill, the amount of $1,500,000 for Israel was reduced by 45 percent. If no further cuts are made, Israel stands to receive about $60,000,000, which will include both economic aid and technical assistance.
Included in the House bill was an appropriation of $50,000,000 for military aid for the Arab states and Israel. It is expected in official circles that Israel will be considered eligible for no more than 20 percent of this sum–or about $10,000,000 worth of munitions. However, the arms are not automatically granted by the bill. Transfer must be specifically recommended by the executive branch of the Government in line with the development of foreign policy.
Meanwhile, it was announced here today that agriculturists of the Department of Interior will establish a grazing land management program in Israel sponsored by the Technical Cooperation Administration. John R. Killough will leave the United States July 30 to join Alben D. Molohon, who recently left to become chief of the Branch of Grazing and Woodland Development in the agriculture division of the Technical Cooperation Mission. They will spend two years in Israel, consulting on types of seed and fertilizer to be used in developing grassland areas.