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Rabin Meets with Israelis Who Support Palestinian State

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Premier Yitzhak Rabin met for two hours yesterday with a group of Israelis advocating recognition of a Palestinian state provided that such entity recognized Israel. The group, known as the “Public Council for an Israel-Palestine Peace” was founded several months ago and includes a number of leading personalities with left-leaning or “doveish” views. No details of the meeting were disclosed.

Views were said to have been exchanged on the situation in Lebanon, in the administered territories and on Israel’s Arab population and options for peace. Little agreement was reported between Rabin and his visitors.

The latter included: Eliyahu Elyashar, former chairman of the Sephardi Federation in Israel; Uri Avneri, editor of the weekly “Haolam Hazeh” and a former Knesset member; MKs Arye Eliav and Meir Payil; Res, Gen. Matityahu Peled; writer David Shaham; and Yaacov Arnon, former director general of the Finance Ministry and presently chairman of the board of the National Electric Co.

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