Eshkol Arrives in N.Y. Today En Route for Meeting with President Johnson
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Eshkol Arrives in N.Y. Today En Route for Meeting with President Johnson

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Prime Minister Levi Eshkol of Israel is scheduled to arrive here tomorrow afternoon for a visit during which he will spend two days conferring with President Johnson in Texas and also meet many of the top Jewish leaders in the United States.

Accompanied by Mrs. Eshkol, the Premier is to land from an El Al Israel Airlines plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow. He will be met by ranking representatives of the State Department, personal representatives of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller and Mayor John V. Lindsay, as well as by leaders of national Jewish organizations who planned to greet him upon his arrival.

His entourage will include his military aide-de-camp, Col. Israel Lior; Dr. Yaacov Herzog, director-general of the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem; Moshe Bitar, deputy director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry; his political secretary, Adi Yaffe.

After the formalities of the airport reception to be tendered to Mr. Eshkol, he will be taken to the Airport Synagogue, where he will be greeted by Jewish leaders.

On Friday, he will meet for about an hour with Secretary-General U Thant, at the United Nations, after which Mr. Thant will be host to a formal luncheon honoring the Israeli visitor. At the same time, a luncheon will be given in honor of Mrs. Eshkol by Mrs. Gideon Rafael, wife of the Israel Ambassador to the United Nations.

Saturday morning, Mr. and Mrs. Eshkol will attend Sabbath worship at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue. That night, they are expected to attend one of Broadway’s theaters.


The Prime Minister will leave JFK Airport Sunday morning, in a plane put at his disposal by President Johnson, to fly to Texas. The President and Mr. Eshkol will confer at the LBJ Ranch later Sunday and during the day Monday. It was expected in Washington circles that Secretary of State Dean Rusk and ranking officials of the Defense Department would join the talks at the ranch.

Mr. and Mrs. Eshkol are due-to return to New York Monday night. After a network television appearance Tuesday morning, and a meeting with prominent magazine editors, Mr. Eshkol is to visit Yeshiva University Tuesday afternoon. Later, he will meet with the Conference of Major American Jewish Organizations; and will receive representatives of Jewish youth organizations. Tuesday night. Mr. and Mrs. Eshkol will be guests of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Opera Company at a performance of “Carmen.” There will be a reception in their honor during the intermissions of the performance.

Wednesday morning, Mr. Eshkol will receive the degree of Doctor of Hebrew Letters in ceremonies at the New York branch of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Later, he will deliver a major address at a luncheon at the Overseas Press Club, and then he will meet members of the Council on Foreign Relations in a closed conference.


Thursday morning, Mr. Eshkol will be visited in his New York hotel suite by Gov. Rockefeller, and then visit the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. At noon, he will be given a reception on the steps of City Hall by Mayor Lindsay and, later, he will meet with New York members of the Jewish Agency executive and with the American Zionist Council. That night, he will attend a dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel tendered by an ad hoc committee of Jewish organizational leaders in the United States. Friday morning, he will meet with leaders of the American Jewish Committee.

He will depart from the J. F. Kennedy International Airport Friday afternoon for Canada, where he will visit Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. He is scheduled to leave Canada on Wednesday, January 17.

(Israeli sources in London said today that Mr. Eshkol will stop over in the British capital on his way home from Canada, will meet Prime Minister Harold Wilson and, possibly, also with Foreign Secretary George Brown. He is expected to deliver an address at a meeting opening the campaign of the Joint Palestine Appeal, at Grosvenor House, in London, and then return to Israel.

(In Jerusalem it was said Mr. Eshkol had to be back no later than January 21, to attend the first convention of Israel’s united labor party, created by the merger of the Mapai Party, Abdut Avodah and Rafi, the Israel Workers Party.)

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