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Begin Reminds Reagan, U.S. Officials That Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel

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Israeli Premier Menachem Begin ended two days of talks at the White House today, once again reminding President Reagan and other U.S. officials that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Begin repeated his invitation to Reagan, made when he arrived yesterday morning, to visit Israel and to come “to Jerusalem.” His final words to the President were: “I do not say goodbye; I say next time au revoir in Jerusalem.”

In inviting Reagan yesterday, Begin pointedly said that the President should come to Israel and “its apital, Jerusalem.” A senior Administration official said that when the President expressed his regrets that Begin’s wife, Aliza, could not accompany the Premier to Washington because of illness, Begin said his wife looked forward to meeting Reagan in Jerusalem.

The U.S. Embassy, like most other foreign embassies in Israel, is located in Tel Aviv. An Administration official said yesterday that Reagan believes that the status of Jerusalem should be determined by the peace process.

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