Jerusalem (Jan. 5)
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger toured the Old City with Mayor Teddy Kollek today. When pressed by reporters as to what he thought the future status of Jerusalem should be, he replied, “I think it should remain united” but would say no more.
Kissinger, who arrived in Israel on a private visit Saturday night, insisted that he is touring the Middle East to listen and not to make pronouncements. His trip is reported to have the approval of President-elect Reagan who he will serve as a special advisor on foreign policy matters in the new Administration.
Although his trip is unofficial, his schedule is that of an active diplomat. He met yesterday with Shimon Peres, chairman of the opposition Labor Party. He breakfasted this morning with another Labor Party leader, former Premier Yitzhak Rabin.
Following his Jerusalem tour, he had meetings with former Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan and with Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir. Kissinger also paid a courtesy call on President Yitzhak Navon and later met with a group of intellectual leaders. He will dine with members of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Security Committee this evening and is due to leave for Saudi Arabia tomorrow on the next leg of his Mideast visit.