French Premier Arrives in Israel, Will Meet with Recuperating Shamir

Prime Minister Michel Rocard of France arrived here Sunday evening on a brief visit to Israel, which, though ostensibly private, includes a crowded schedule of meetings with the country’s top leaders.

He was met at the airport by Deputy Premier David Levy, driven directly to see Vice Premier Shimon Peres and then taken to the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem for dinner with Yitzhak Shamir.

Shamir was discharged Sunday from Hadassah-Hebrew University Hospital in Ein Kerem, after undergoing a hernia operation last week.

Rocard was scheduled to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum on Monday morning, and meet later with President Chaim Herzog.

Later, he is to participate in the event that brought him to Israel: the naming of a street in Jaffa for the late French Prime Minister Pierre Mendes-France, who was Jewish.

Rocard is expected to confer with Foreign Minister Moshe Arens and with prominent Palestinians before winding up his visit.

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