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Mrs. Meir Expresses Hope Her Visit to U.S. Produced ‘active Results’

December 14, 1971
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Premier Golda Meir returned today from a two week visit to the United States and expressed the “feeling” that President Nixon “knows and understands our problems.” Mrs. Meir told newsmen at an impromptu airport press conference that she hoped her visit would produce “active results” and that “good conclusions will be drawn therefrom.” She said her talks with Nixon and Secretary of State William P. Rogers gave her a “feeling that things were clarified.”

But she refused to provide details of her discussions with American officials and evaded a question about the further supply of Phantom jets, remarking “What does it matter if I bring them in my shopping bag or if they come in a parcel?” There was no confirmation or denial in Jerusalem today of earlier press reports that Mrs. Meir was promised more Phantoms in a message from President Nixon just before she left the US.

The Premier was met at the airport by Acting Premier Yigal Allon, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan and other members of her cabinet and the diplomatic corps. She said she had “a full opportunity to have a basic discussion with Rogers and Assistant Secretary of State Joseph J. Sisco and other aides as well as people from our side in order to try and clarify some misunderstandings and define what we think the US should do,” Mrs. Meir said she found an enormous feeling of friendship among Americans in general and among American organizations toward Israel. She said there was great friendship for Israel among Congressmen and said there was common agreement between Congress and the Administration on the question of loans for Israel. She had warm words for American Jews who, she said, seemed to associate themselves with Israel bodily and spiritually.

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