WASHINGTON (Dec. 27)
Israel Defense Minister Ezer Weizman will meet with President Carter at the White House tomorrow afternoon, it was announced here today. Weizman’s meeting with Carter, as his meetings with other Administration officials, is expected to focus on Israel’s request for $3,4 billion in military and economic aid for fiscal 1981.
The Defense Minister, who arrived late yesterday afternoon and is expected to remain here for a few days, met for lunch today with Ambassador Sol linowitz and afterwards with Secretary of State Cyrus Vance at the State Department. Weizman was also scheduled to meet this evening with Defense Secretary Harold Brown at the Pentagon.
The Israeli aid package, submitted by Israel last September, comprises $1.8 billion in military aid and $1.6 billion in economic aid, double the amount it received in the previous fiscal year.
Weizman said before leaving Israel that he is hopeful that his talks with Vance and Brown will convince the Administration to increase its ratio of grants to loans. He said that while he understood that the U.S. has its own problems of inflation and unemployment, it “must be aware of the fact that we are partners and Israel’s importance to the achievement of peace in the Middle East cannot be over looked.”