JERUSALEM (Aug. 30)
A delegation of five Lebanese intellectuals met today with Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir. The delegation, the first such group to visit Israel, included Thomas Mouhanna, dean of the faculty of philosophy at the University of Beirut, and Robert Ghanem, President of the Supreme Court.
Some members of the delegation told Shamir that they supported a peace agreement between Israel and Lebanon. But Walid Khazan, one of President-elect Bashir Gemayel’s advisors, said it was up to the new government to decide this issue. Gemayel, himself, made a similar statement last week after he was elected Shamir told the group that it is now possible to advance along the road to peace now that the PLO has been destroyed militarily and politically.
The delegation was invited to Israel by the Foreign Ministry. The group, which arrived here today, will remain until Thursday.