WASHINGTON (Dec. 26)
President Nixon has signed without comment the $2.2 billion emergency bill to aid Israel, the White House announced today. Nixon had requested that sum from the Congress and it complied overwhelmingly in less than two months with authorization and appropriation legislation.
The legislation puts a ceiling of $1.5 billion that the President may give to Israel as gifts. Nixon is authorized to determine what part of the total will be in grants and in credits and the circumstances of this support. An additional $400 million in aid to Israel, three-fourths of it in credits for U.S. military procurement, is in the foreign aid bill which the President is expected to sign soon.