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Liz Taylor on a 10-day Peace Mission to the Mideast

December 14, 1982
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Movie queen Elizabeth Taylor announced here yesterday that she is embarking on a 10-day peace mission to the Mideast, during which she said she will meet with Premier Menachem Begin of Israel and President Amin Gemayel of Lebanon. The actress reportedly will leave for Israel in a few days.

“I want to bring a sense of sincere friendship between myself and the people of America to Israel,” Miss Taylor said at a press conference here. She also said, “I want to try to create peace between Israel and Jordan.” The internationally famous actress pointed out that she “always loved going to Israel” and hoped that she could help revitalize Israel’s tourist industry and bring “its friends back to the country.”

Miss Taylor, who converted to Judaism in 1959, two months before she married Eddie Fisher, said that during her Mideast trip she will visit a Lebanese orphanage and attend a New Year’s eve ball in Tel Aviv. The journey is being arranged by Phil Blazer, publisher of the Los Angeles-based American-Jewish biweekly, Israel Today.

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