Mrs. Meir: U.S. May Undertake New Initiative in Next Few Months

Premier Golda Meir said last night that the United States may undertake a new initiative, “during Feb., March, April or May,” to bring the parties in the Middle East “into some sort of negotiating process, either proximity talks or something else.” Mrs. Meir made that remark in response to questions at a gala dinner in the Knesset for some 170 leaders of British Jewry visiting Israel on a study mission of the Joint Palestine Appeal.

Asked if Israel could afford to absorb the growing influx of Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union, the Premier replied, “We cannot afford to ask ourselves if we can afford it. Israel has never asked itself that question.” At the appeal which followed Mrs. Meir’s speech, the guests pledged nearly double the sums they contributed last year to the JPA. The cash figures were not disclosed. The JPA mission is headed by Michael Sacher, chairman of the London Board of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

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