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Cheney Tells Jewish Leaders He’s Pleased with Ties to Israel

In his first meeting with Jewish leaders since taking office as defense secretary, Dick Cheney declared himself to be pleased with the level of military and strategic cooperation with Israel.

Cheney held a one-hour meeting Wednesday with World Jewish Congress leaders, including Edgar Bronfman, president; Israel Singer, secretary-general; and Elan Steinberg, executive director of the organization.

Steinberg, reached by telephone as he was flying here from Washington, said the meeting was a general discussion of political and strategic affairs with a particular focus on East-West relations and the Middle East.

He said Cheney was especially interested in the WJC leaders’ observations on changes in Eastern Europe.

Discussing his talks with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, Cheney told them he was “pleased with these talks and indicated that the level of aid (to Israel) for the forthcoming year will remain where it is,” Steinberg said.

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