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Congressman Urges Nixon to Halt Military Aid to Belligerent Arab Nations

An Ohio Congressman announced that he is co-sponsoring a resolution calling on President Nixon to terminate all forms of military aid to any belligerent Arab nation or to any nations harboring Arab terrorist groups. The resolution also urges the President to negotiate the sale of jet aircraft to Israel on a cash basis. Rep. Donald E. Lukens, a Republican from Middletown, O., said his resolution was motivated by the fact that the U.S. is training 600 Arab military personnel here and abroad at a cost of $2 million to American taxpayers. He observed however that “no Israeli officer is receiving military training by the U.S.” Rep. Lukens said the Government has not supplied Israel with military or economic aid in the past year, but over the past decade it has given more than $1 billion in military aid to Arab nations and has supplied less than $100 million worth of aid to Israel, all of which that country repaid. “It is illogical and infuriating that the U.S. continues to aid and train Arab military personnel while refusing or procrastinating to sell jets to Israel. I am tired of this kind of warped foreign policy,” Rep. Lukens said.

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