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Muskie Seen Favoring Military Assistance to Israel

Sen. Edmund S. Muskie (D.,Maine) indicated today that he would support US military assistance to Israel. Emerging from a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at which Secretary of State William P. Rogers testified, the Democratic 1972 presidential aspirant told newsmen that he would “like to see military assistance evaluated on a country-by-country basis.”

He said that obviously sentiment in the US favored military assistance to Israel and it should not be bogged down by “the more questionable situation of Greece and Pakistan where military assistance is used for internal purposes.”

Capitol Hill observers said a compromise was shaping up between the administration and foes of foreign aid who defeated the $3.2 billion foreign aid bill in the Senate last Friday. State Department sources pointed out today that defeat of the foreign aid program affected the Palestinian refugee relief program of the United Nations toward which the US contributes about half the cost.