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Israeli Mission Due in Washington to Discuss Requests for U, S, Aid

Malcolm Toon, the United States Ambassador to Israel, met for 45 minutes today with Finance Minster Yehoshua Rabinowitz to discuss Israel’s proposal to send a delegation to Washington to discuss her requests for American aid. Observers here said the delegation would include members of the Finance and Defense Ministries to discuss both Israel’s economic and military needs. No date has been set for the mission’s arrival in Washington.

Israel is reported to have asked $2.5 billion in aid from the U.S. for the fiscal year which started July 1, However, the Ford Administration, because of its reassessment of American policy in the Middle East, has not yet given Congress its recommendations for aid to Israel.

(In Washington, the State Department said today that Israel’s proposal to send the delegation had “no political significance.” Department spokesman Robert Funseth said the Israeli team “is an extension” of the continuing talks the State Department has been having with the Israeli Embassy here “in order to understand in detail Israel’s overall aid requests.” Funseth confirmed that no date has been set for the delegation’s arrival.)

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