Passage of Jackson Amendment Considered Uncertain

The America-Israel Public Affairs Committee said today it considers “uncertain” the passage of the Jackson amendment providing $500 million in military credits for Israel, and urged its members to request Congressmen to approve it. A letter over the signature of I.L. Kenen, executive vice-chairman of the Committee, said “analysis” shows that the outcome of the Senate-House conference committee consideration of the amendment to the Defense Appropriation Act is “uncertain.”

Exactly one-half of the combined committee is recorded at this time as sympathetic to Israel’s defense needs, Kenen wrote. “It is therefore most urgent that telegrams be sent both to the Senate and House conferees urging them to approve the amendment.” Kenen observed that the amendment is an effective way to implement the declared expression of the majority of the Senate and House on the question of Phantom jets for Israel, and that there is some danger that no foreign aid bill will be passed this year, in which event the Jackson amendment will take on special importance. The aid bill provides $300 million in military credits for Israel.

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