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American Financial Aid to Israel Will Be Substantially Reduced

The House Appropriations Committee yesterday reported out the Foreign Aid bill, with the amount of aid for the Near Eastern area reduced from the Administration’s request of $130,000,000 to $115,000,000.

The House bill now goes to the floor. The reduction in Near Eastern funds corresponds with the authorization bill reported out by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee which made an identical reduction.

The $115,000,000 would cover sums for Israel, the Arab League states and other Near Eastern countries as well as Africa. The State Department has made known that the Arab League states will receive a larger share than Israel. The sum for Israel will be reduced below the $52,500,000 given during the last fiscal year. The sum for the Arabs is to be increased.

It is estimated that Israel will receive $40,000,000 or less during the coming year. The State Department maintains that, because of German reparations payments and an improved financial situation, Israel’s needs have been reduced.