Jerusalem (Dec. 20)
President and Mrs. Reagan sent Chanukan greetings to Premier and Mrs. Begin today. The eight-day holiday begins tonight. The message, which Cabinet secretary Arye Naor released to the press, said:
“Nancy and I wish you and Mrs. Begin a Chanukah full of joy and happiness. The light of the Chanukah candles symbolizes the continuity of the Jewish people and its culture, its decision to be free and its constant quest for peace. The United States will always be Israel’s partner in its efforts to bring the blessing of peace to all the nations of the Middle East.
“We hope full recovery from your injury.” The latter referred to Begin’s broken hip for which he was hospitalized earlier this month.
Naor told reporters that Reagan’s message arrived during today’s Cabinet session.