TEL AVIV (Jan. 18)
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol told a throng who greeted him at Lydda Airport on his return to Israel this afternoon that they should “read between the lines” of the official communiques if they want to understand the results of his visits to the United States, Canada and England.
The Israeli leader was surrounded by diplomats, cabinet members, party leaders, military and police chiefs and the press as he stepped from the plane which carried him and his entourage from London this morning. But although his last two weeks included talks with President Johnson, Prime Minister Lester Pearson of Canada in Ottawa and Prime Minister Harold Wilson in London, Mr. Eshkol would say very little publicly about his trip. He is scheduled to give a detailed report to the Cabinet in Jerusalem on Sunday.
He described his visits to North America and England as “very worthwhile, important and helpful.” Concerning his meeting with President Johnson, Secretary of State Dean Rusk and other American leaders. Mr. Eshkol said that while “we did not always receive a positive reply to what we said or what we wanted, we cannot complain and the future will prove it.” He said he was especially impressed by the “warm attitude toward Israel” in the Jewish communities of the countries he visited.
The plane carrying the Prime Minister was escorted to the airport by four Mirage jets. Other units of the Israel Airforce flew in salute over head.