WASHINGTON (Dec. 26)
The Israel Government has officially announced that Prime Minister and Mrs. Levi Eshkol have accepted an invitation from President Johnson to spend January 7 and 8 as house guests at the LBJ ranch in Texas, according to reports received from Jerusalem today.
White House sources later confirmed the planned visit to the ranch. They said that it was possible that officials of the Executive agencies, such as the Departments of State and Defense, would go to the ranch at the time of the Eshkol visit. All official meetings and negotiations will take place there, the White House authorities said.
Mr. Eshkol’s visit to this country will take place a month earlier than scheduled, at the request of President Johnson. The talks between the two leaders are expected to cover a wide range of topics, including such matters as arms sales to Israel, economic questions and topics of a political nature.