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Security Arrangements for Kissinger

August 19, 1975
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Police here are taking special security measures to safeguard Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger when he arrives here Thursday. It is believed that the measures are far more radical than security precautions which were taken during previous visits by the Secretary. The security steps are being coordinated between the police forces at Ben Gurion Airport and the Jerusalem police.

Kissinger and his entourage will stay at the King David Hotel and the hotel’s management said the sixth floor has been reserved for the Secretary, his aides and reporters. The Jerusalem police would not publicize, for security reasons, which streets would be closed when Kissinger arrives, but said that traffic in the city would be diverted to alternate streets without prior information to drivers.

The police and others responsible for security also expect that the various Arab terrorist groups may try to carry out acts of sabotage along Israel’s borders or inside Israel during Kissinger’s visit. They noted that the Maalot massacre took place in May 1974 while Kissinger was in Jerusalem. There is also some speculation that the terrorists might try to carry out an act of terrorism in a foreign country.


Meanwhile, members of the Herut youth organizations demonstrated today outside the American Embassy in Tel Aviv to protest the arrival of Kissinger on Thursday. A group of demonstrators was received by an Embassy official who was given a letter charging that the interim agreement that Kissinger is trying to achieve will so endanger Israel that American soldiers will be needed to defend the Jewish State. The demonstration was the first in what is expected to be a series of anti-Kissinger protests by groups opposed to the interim accord.

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