UJA Prime Minister’s Mission in Israel; Hopes to Be First to Hear Settlement News from Rabin

Some 330 American United Jewish Appeal leaders arrived at Ben Gurion Airport today for the three-day “Prime Minister’s Mission.” They will meet with Premier Yitzhak Rabin in Jerusalem Wednesday night–and mission members, with an eye on the shuttle schedules as it is unfolding–said they hoped to hear from the Premier at first hand the first news of the final agreement on the interim settlement. The mission is being led by Frank R. Lautenberg, UJA general chairman.

A Cabinet meeting, thought to be crucial, has been scheduled for Wednesday, and Rabin would presumably meet the UJA group following the Cabinet meeting. The UJA group proceeded from the airport to the Israel Aircraft industries plant nearby before making for Jerusalem, their base, They will hear Defense Minister Shimon Peres behind closed doors tonight and acting Jewish Agency chairman Leon Dulzin in an open meeting tomorrow, night, Tomorrow, during the day, the group will tour the Galiles, the Jewish Agency’s current top priority area; Wednesday they will visit the Mitle and Gidi Passes.

In a welcoming message in today’s Jerusalem Post, Rabin wrote; “…Your presence in Israel serves as great encouragement and support in our present struggle…” And in a statement, which Pinhas Sapir has prepared prior to his death Aug. 12. the late Israeli leader wrote;”…We look to you to transmit to your fellow Jews an awareness of the needs you will see here in Israel, the burdens our people must carry and, above all, the magnitude and urgency of the responsibilities American Jewry must undertake…”

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