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Israel Bonds Welcome Dinner to Begin ‘sold Out'; Hundreds Turned Away Due to Lack of Space in Meetin

All available places for tomorrow night’s National Dinner of Welcome and Tribute to Premier Menachem Begin of Israel were “sold out” at the beginning of the week, Sam Rothberg, general chairman of the Israel Bond Organization, announced today. Rothberg said that the capacity of the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel will be taxed to the utmost when more than 2000 Jewish leaders from every section of the United States and Canada assemble for the dinner honoring Begin under the auspices of the Israel Bond drive.

The dinner will be the occasion for the Premier’s first public address after two days of meetings with President Carter, other Administration officials and members of Congress in Washington. Reporting that many hundreds of friends and supporters of Israel had to be turned away because of lack of space, Rothberg declared the “overwhelming response” was not only a tribute to Begin, but also “a tremendous demonstration of solidarity with the people of Israel in their search for peace.”