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Senate Votes U.S. Aid to U.N. Force on Israel-egyptian Frontiers

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The Senate today wrote into the Eisenhower Middle East Doctrine a provision authorizing the President “to furnish facilities and military assistance” to the United Nations Emergency Force in the Egypt-Israel area. The amendment, offered by Senator Mike Mansfield (D., Mont.), was approved 48-43 in a roll call vote. The division was virtually along party lines, but Republican Senators Francis Case of South Dakota and Jacob Javits of New York voted for the proposal.

Earlier in the day, another Mansfield amendment aimed at controlling arms shipments to the area was rejected by the Senate. At the same time, Senator Mansfield withdrew from Senate consideration an amendment to the Eisenhower Doctrine calling on the President to submit to Congress specific programs to settle the Arab-Israeli and Suez disputes.

The amendment pledging support to UN Emergency Forces came under vigorous attack from Senate Republican Leader William Knowland. The adopted Mansfield amendment reads: “The President should continue to furnish facilities and military assistance, within the provisions of applicable law and the established policies, to the United Nations Emergency Forces in the Middle East, with a view to maintaining the truce in that region.”

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