JERUSALEM (Feb. 2)
Finance Minister Yehoshua Rabinowitz will come to Washington within the next few weeks for talks on Israel’s latest request for military and economic aid, official sources said today. No date for the visit has yet been set, Israel has asked the United States for $2.5 billion worth of aid. There has been some speculation here that given the economic difficulties in the U.S., Washington might be reluctant to provide the full sum. Other speculation is that part of the aid may be with held until Israel shows a willingness to offer substantive concessions to Egypt in a second-stage peace settlement.
DELAY IN SHIPMENTS DENIED
(In Washington, State Department sources said this weekend they had no information about reports credited to Israel Radio that the United States was delaying shipments of warplanes to Israel pending the arrival of Secretary of State Henry A, Kissinger during his upcoming Middle East visit. The sources denied there was any delay in shipping of F 4 and F 15 fighter planes. According to Israel Radio, the withholding of the weapons was designed to give Kissinger lever-age for obtaining concessions from Israel for negotiations on new withdrawal agreements.)