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Reid to Visit Israel on Fact-finding Tour

Congressman Ogden R. Reid (D.NY) left today on an eight-day fact-finding tour of Israel that will include an inspection of the key receiving center for Soviet Jews in Austria, visits to a number of important military and social service installations in Israel and meetings with key Israeli leaders.

The Congressman, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Israel under President Eisenhower, is currently a member of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee with jurisdiction over Near Eastern affairs. Upon his return from the tour Reid will make a formal report on his findings to the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Reid’s itinerary includes a visit to Schoenau, the principle receiving center for Jewish refugees from the Soviet Union, where he will interview newly arrived refugees and meet with leaders of the Jewish Agency for Israel, which runs the center. He will then fly to Israel for a round of talks with Israeli leaders.

Also on the Congressman’s schedule are visits to a main Absorption Center for Soviet Jews in Israel, tours of key naval and military bases, inspection of a wide variety of institutions including educational, day care and senior citizens facilities and a visit to the Suez Canal. For security reasons, a detailed itinerary of Reid’s tour will not be released until the Congressman and his party arrive in Israel. Reid was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Israel by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1959 and served in that post until the end of the Eisenhower Administration in 1961.

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