WASHINGTON (Aug. 2)
The House of Representatives today approved an amendment in support of Israel’s military requirements while it was debating the Foreign Aid Authorization Bill. Approval was by a voice vote and without dissent.
The amendment, offered by Rep. Lester Wolff (D. NY), a member of the House International Relations Committee, is much less comprehensive than the amendment adopted by an 87-0 vote in the Senate last week in support of Israel. The Senate amendment, in addition to calling for U.S. military equipment transfers to Israel, also advocated Egyptian-Israel peace negotiations without preconditions. A House-Senate conference committee will iron out the differences between the two versions when the bills come before it for adjustment.
The text of the Wolf Amendment is: “It is the sense of the Congress that the United States should be responsive to the defense requirements of Israel and sell Israel additional advance aircrafts in order to maintain Israel’s defense capability, which is essential to peace.”