Special Fund-raising Campaign Planned

The government and the Jewish Agency are planning a special fund-raising campaign abroad in the wake of the “Peace For Galilee” military operation in Lebanon, it was disclosed by Cabinet Secretary Dan Meridor following a Cabinet meeting today.

The Cabinet also decided to set up an interdepartmental committee headed by Economics Minister Yaacov Meridor to coordinate Israeli humanitarian aid to war-torn Lebanon. Israeli officials made it clear that Jerusalem will cooperate with the International Red Cross to facilitate overseas humanitarian aid to reach Lebanon and to be effectively distributed there.

At the Cabinet meeting Premier Menachem Begin discussed his intended speech at the United Nations Disarmament Conference in New York which he will address Friday. Begin left for New York after the meeting.

The Cabinet session was devoted mainly to the situation in Lebanon. Begin and Defense Minister Ariel Sharon reported on the current military and diplomatic situation.

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