Mrs. Meir to Ask Nixon if Us is Planning Possible Deal with USSR on the Mideast Conflict

Premier Golda Meir will question President Nixon closely on whether a possible US-Soviet “deal” may be worked out on the Middle East conflict when Nixon has his summit meeting with Soviet leaders in Moscow next May, informed sources here said today. Mrs. Meir left for the US this morning and is scheduled to arrive in Washington this evening. She will meet with Nixon at the White House Thursday. Sources here said she would also ask Nixon what the US intended to do if Egypt resumed shooting along the Suez Canal.

Mrs. Meir’s latest trip to the US was billed as an unofficial visit despite the fact that she will have talks with the President, Secretary of State William P. Rogers and other administration officials and Congressional leaders.

There was no official farewell ceremony at Lydda Airport today when the Premier left. She told reporters that she would tell them “almost everything” when she comes home. Asked if she expected to come back with a promise for the resumed delivery of Phantoms, Mrs. Meir replied. “I have a very big shopping bag with me.” Sources here said Mrs. Meir was expected to bring up, first and foremost, the question of America’s five-month suspension of deliveries of Phantom jets to Israel when she meets the President.

Mrs. Meir will be interviewed by American news media, it was reported here today. She has been invited to appear on two nationwide television programs–CBS’ “Meet The Press” on Dec. 5 and NBC’s “Face The Nation” on Dec. 12. The president of the third network, ABC, will hold a luncheon in honor of Mrs. Meir to be attended by leading press, radio and television personalities. She will also attend a luncheon given by the New York Times and dinners hosted by Time and Newsweek magazines. Mrs. Meir will address the annual conference of the United Jewish Appeal on Dec. 11 and a dinner of the Israel Bond Organization on Dec. 12. She will meet with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization on Dec. 6.

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