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Trudeau Pledges Aid to Israel

Premier Yitzhak Rabin held a dinner in honor of the visiting Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau at his residence here. In an exchange of toasts, Trudeau pledged that Canada would do its utmost to help Israel. He said that despite their concern over the conflict in the Middle East, the two countries “could do things in common to build the future because both were relatively new democracies built by immigrants.”

Rabin said in response that he was glad his guest was able to learn at first hand the meaning of Jerusalem for Israelis and hoped he would understand why Israelis were sometimes accused of being irresponsible and stubborn. Rabin expressed appreciation for Canada’s role in the various United Nations peace-keeping forces in the region and its efforts to provide security for Israeli athletes in the Olympic Games in Montreal last month. The Israeli Premier presented Trudeau with a 16th century map of Jerusalem. Trudeau gave Rabin an Eskimo wall hanging. Trudeau is here on a private visit with his wife and earlier visited Jordan and several European countries.