NEW YORK (Nov. 14)
President Chaim Herzog of Israel arrived here today bringing "a very clear message" to President Reagan and other Administration officials from Premier Yitzhak Shamir. He told reporters at Kennedy Airport, however, that his 10-day visit to the U.S. is "apolitical." He meets with Reagan November 22.
Herzog, accompanied by his wife, Ora, was greeted by Meir Rosenne, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Yehuda Blum, the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, the Israeli Consul General in New York, Naphtalie Lavie, and other Israeli officials and American Jewish leaders at a reception in EI Al’s King David Lounge at the airport.
Herzog said, in response to a question by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, that he is also bringing a message for American Jewry which he will deliver when he addresses various American Jewish forums in the next few days. He mentioned that before leaving Israel, he met with Shamir and Defense Minister Moshe Arens to discuss his trip.
The Israeli chief of state said his original purpose in coming to the U.S. was to address the 52nd General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations in Atlanta which had invited him some time ago to be the major speaker. Subsequently, he said, he decided to broaden his visit to include meetings with Reagan and other Administration officials and American Jewish leaders and to address the United Nations. Herzog will meet Mayor Edward Koch of New York at his Regency Hotel suite here tomorrow and will also meet with a representative of Governor Mario Cuomo and with Lane Kirkland, president of the AFL-CIO. He addresses the UN General Assembly on Wednesday and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations here Thursday before flying to Atlanta for his speech to the CJF Thursday night.