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New York Candidates for Senate Pledge Support for Israel’s Security

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Both candidates for the Senate from New York State–the incumbent Republican, Sen. Kenneth B. Keating, and his Democratic opponent, former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, pledged support for Israel’s security at meetings held here yesterday. Sen. Keating proposed that Israel be admitted to membership in NATO, asserting that such admission would implement practically “the principle of collective security” demonstrating that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization held that “an attack against Israel would be considered an attack on all.”

Sen. Keating made his statement in an address to the 21st annual convention, citing his role in the Kennedy Administration’s decisions “to send Hawk missiles to Israel, to increase economic aid and to help develop the plan to use the Jordan River. ” He offered his “commitment and support to the cause of the democratic development and security of Israel, and to the cause of peace in the Middle East.”

In another address, at a union housing project in The Bronx, Mr. Kennedy outlined a proposed six-point program of U. S. aid to Israel against a military imbalance, for economic aid, for guarantee of its territorial integrity, against the Arab boycott and for face-to-face negotiations between Israel and the Arab states.

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