NEW YORK (Jan. 31)
Senator Kenneth B. Keating, New York Republican, said today that he has asked Secretary of the Navy William B. Franke, “for a full report on the Navy’s policy precluding American shippers who deal with Israel from bidding for Navy contracts to carry goods of the American Government through Suez.”
He asked the reasons for the Navy’s policy of endorsing the Arab blockade and inquired whether the Navy has taken any steps to protest or oppose the Arab boycott. He made announcement of his inquiry into Navy policy at a reception honoring the 70th birthday of Rabbi Herbert 3. Goldstein by the World Academy in Jerusalem at the Hotel Plaza here.
Senator Keating stressed that the Navy’s shipping methods were exposed on the “heels of the World Bank’s endorsement of the Arab boycott in loaning the United Arab Republic $56, 000, 000. “He said “This will never do. Official American Government policy cannot and must not back the wholly indefensible tactics of Israel’s hostile neighbors.”