WASHINGTON (May. 21)
America’s current aid programs for Israel were discussed here today at the State Department at a conference between Israel’s charge d’affaires, Yaacov Herzog, and William Rountree, Undersecretary for Near Eastern Affairs. They also exchanged views on the current Middle East situation in general. Mr. Herzog returned here from Jerusalem this week.
Israel, it is understood, hopes to receive a new loan from the Development Loan Fund, for which Congress has recently appropriated an additional $150, 000, 000 for the current fiscal year. So far, this year, Israel has received from the Loan Fund a total of $5,000,000 compared with $15, 000, 000 in the last fiscal year. Negotiations for further funds from the loan fund are reportedly progressing satisfactorily. Israeli officials here are also confident that the U.S. grant aid program will include Israel this year, as it has in the past.