JERUSLAEM (Jan. 17)
The U.S. and Israel signed a five-year agreement here today providing for the exchange of information on social services and human development. It covers the adoption of children with special needs, services for the adoption of children with special needs, services for the functionally impaired, housing for the lederly, in-home day care for children and the prevention of juvenile delinquency.
The signatories were Israel’s Minster of Labor and Welfare Aharon Uzan and the U.S. Assistance Secretary of Health, Dorcas Hardy.
Meanwhile, talks have begun in Washington on the establishment of a free trade zone between Israel and the U.S. An agreement in principle was reached during Premier Yitzhak Shamir’s visit to Washington late last November. The current discussions are expected to last for several months because of the technical nature of the subject.
Talks between Israel and the U.S. on the level of American economic aid to Israel for the next fiscal year, are scheduled to begin in a few days in Washington. The U.S. has already earmarked $1.4 billion in military assistance grants to Israel. Israel is requesting an additional $1.3 billion in economic assistance.