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Israel Withhold Comment on Senator Fulbright’s Anti-israel Remarks

Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, reported to the Cabinet today on current international developments including a review of the implications of the picketing of the Egyptian ship, the Cleopatra, in New York harbor, and the fight over the anti-boycott amendment to the United States Foreign Aid Bill in the Senate.

Israel officials withheld comment on the unfriendly remarks by Sen. W.J. Fulbright, Arkansas Democrat, who led an unsuccessful fight in the Senate to have the amendment deleted. The general view among Israel officials was understood to be that while Sen Fulbright’s charges were fundamentally wrong, there was no question about the honesty of his motives in opposing the amendment.

Some Israel officials, however, were reported startled by the Senator’s comments about “corruption” in reference to American aid to Israel, particularly since Sen. Fulbright made the remark “out of the blue” in connection with criticism of U.S. aid to Korea. Israel officials were awaiting the full text of the Senator’s remarks before deciding whether any comment would be considered desirable.

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