WASHINGTON (Aug. 2)
Rep. J. Herbert Burke, Republican of Florida, has reported that a poll of his district taken earlier this year showed 74.2 percent of his constituents favored an increase in U.S. military assistance to Israel; 58.2 percent were against the reduction of U.S. arms aid to Israel; and most of the district was in favor of anything that might bring peace, or at least lessening of U.S. involvement, but not at the expense of U.S. military support of Israel. Rep. Burke said 91.9 percent of his district voted “yes” on whether there should be face-to-face negotiations between the Arabs and Israel, and a little more than two-thirds of the district voted in favor of negotiations for a peace settlement under the direction of the Four Powers. Slightly more than 75 percent voted for U.S. neutrality in the Arab-Israeli dispute. A further breakdown of the vote showed that more Republicans than Democrats were against reduction of U.S. assistance to Israel, but more Democrats than Republicans were for increased U.S. military assistance to Israel.