Secretary of State, William Rogers, said in Washington on Saturday (12 Sept) that the United States was considering resuming economic aid to Israel and increasing military assistance.
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TRANSCRIPT; SEQ. 4: ROGERS: "We now have under active consideration the question of economic assistance or supporting assistance for Israel. No conclusion have been reached as yet. We are quit aware of the heavy demands on Israel economically and military. We have some requests under consideration and will in the fairly near future make some decision about that after out studies are completed.
SEQ. 5: CHAIRMAN: I hope our people are separating from its being a strictly an Israeli question or a Jewish question as your critics refer to it. It seems to me that the legacy of our national interest in that part of the world is so indelibly written in history that we have to think of it more in that context.
ROGERS: Yes, Mr Chairman, I think that President Nixon on several occasions has made quite clear that we do recognise that our national interest is served and because of our national policy we have obligation to assist Israel and to support it and to be sure that its independence and sovereign are continued."
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Background: Secretary of State, William Rogers, said in Washington on Saturday (12 Sept) that the United States was considering resuming economic aid to Israel and increasing military assistance. He was speaking at a session of a sub-committee of the Senate Appropriations committee and added that no final decision has yet been reached on the air question.
Israel has not been receiving economic aid for at least five years but the cost of defence has been placing an increasing burden on the economy. The amount the military assistance requested is believed to amount to $800 million dollars spread over two years.
During the hearing the Secretary of State was questioned by the committee chairman: