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Blackout is Top Story in Israel

Speculations, evaluations and factual news reports about Premier Menachem Begin’s trip to the United States for talks with President Carter were pushed off the front pages of Israel’s dailies last Thursday as the blackout in New York stole all the headlines. Israel Radio began every hourly news broadcast with details from New York as reports filtered through during the day from news agencies and Israeli journalists in the blacked-out out city. Meanwhile, it was impossible to place any telephone calls from Israel to New York because the power failure disrupted incoming calls.