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Begin Leaves for U.S. for Talks with Reagan and Meetings with American Jewish Leaders

Premier Menachen Begin left for the United States this morning for talks with President Reagan and other Administration officials the basis of which, he said, “will be the community of interests and the deep friendship which binds our two countries.” Before going to Washington he will meet with the American Jewish leadership, currently attending the annual General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations (CJF) in Los Angeles.

The Premier departed in an Israel Air Force jet transport. Heavy rains forced cancellation of farewell ceremonials. Begin told reporters at the airport terminal that he was going to the U.S. “at the invitation by the Jewish communities on the West Coast of America.”

He said, “We will be meeting with members of the Jewish communities there, and also with the Christian friends of Israel who are wholeheartedly devoted to Israel’s just cause. We will also go to Washington at the kind invitation by the President with whom I shall meet and as I know, there will also be talks with the Secretary of State.

“I believe that the basis and the source of these exchanges of views will be the community of interests and the deep friendship which binds our two countries, ” Begin said.

(United Jewish Appeal National Vice Chairman Jerome Dick announced in New York today that Begin and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldridge will be the featured speakers in the UJA’s “Inside Washington” program in Washington November 17-18.)