Sen. Morse Criticizes Congressional Reduction in U.S. Aid to Israel

The Congressional “whittling down” of American assistance to Israel was criticized here today by Senator Wayne Morse addressing the Women’s Division of the American Friends of the Hebrew University. “This action by our government increases the obligations of American Jewry to make capital investments necessary to build up Israel,” the Senator said.

“The State of Israel, as a beachhead of freedom in the Middle East, will survive only if her economic productive power is so strengthened that she becomes the industrial Switzerland of that area,” he pointed out. The Senator added that “Israel has the assets for the development of such an economic productive power, however, her friends around the world owe her a great moral obligation to invest in her potentialities.”

One of the greatest resources that Israel has is the brains of her people, Sen. Morse said. “We, free people, must never forget that we will keep ahead of Communist Russia not by virtue of our manpower but by our brainpower. The greatest economic generator for free nations have been their universities and their centers of learning.” He stressed the importance of the Hebrew Universities as “a strength of freedom in the Middle East.”

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