New York (Nov. 18)
Jewish leaders comprising the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations have been invited by President Reagan to meet with him tomorrow afternoon at the White House, a spokesman for the conference said here today. Howard Squadron, chairman of the Conference, will lead the delegation.
According to the Conference spokesman, other White House officials due to be at the meeting are Vice President George Bush, White House Counsellor Edwin Meese, White House aide James Baker and National Security Advisor Richard Allen. The spokesman noted that while Reagan has met with individual Jewish leaders or with small groups since his election to office, tomorrow’s meeting will be his first with the Conference of Presidents as a group.
The meeting, according to the spokesman, “will deal not so much about the past and the AWACS sale to Saudi Arabia, but about the future.” Topics scheduled to be discussed are the Administration’s stance on the autonomy negotiations for the West Bank and Gaza Strip Palestinians, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Fahd’s Middle East plan, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the fallout from the AWACS debate which had raised the specter of a “Jewish lobby” interferring in U.S. foreign policy and the “dual loyalty” of American Jews.