Israel Favors Aiding Star Wars Plan

Israel will probably respond favorably to an invitation from the United States to participate in the Reagan Administration’s Strategic Defense Initiative, dubbed the Star Wars proposal, according to a Voice of Israel Radio report today. Premier Shimon Peres’s office was the scene of a meeting between Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin and other officials on the U.S. invitation. The discussion evolved around recommendations by a defense establishment delegation which recently returned from a visit to the United States where it focused on the Star Wars issue.

According to the radio report, both Peres and Rabin hold the position that Israel should respond favorably to an American initiative. Israel is already in the process of preparing a formal reply, specifying the areas in which Israel would like to contribute.

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