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Rabin is Washington-bound for Talks with Pentagon Officials

Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin left for Washington Monday morning for meetings with Pentagon officials on military cooperation between the two countries. He is expected to raise such questions as Israel’s participation in the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars) program and the U.S. financed Lavi fighter-plane project.

Sources here said Rabin will also press the U.S. to grant Israel status similar to that enjoyed by the NATO countries, including the right to purchase and sell military equipment to the U.S. under favorable conditions such as special discounts, loans, credits and purchasing advantages.