President Shazar Reiterates Ties of Friendship with U.S.
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Shazar that the United States
would stand behind its commit-
ments, not only in Vietnam, but
also in other parts of the world.
In mentioning the Vietnamese
problem, Mr. Johnson made it clear
that America continued to be mind-
ful of its other commitments. The
President also referred to U.S. aid
to Israel and the long-pending de-
salination project, although it was
not specifically revealed what the
exact nature of the discussions
On his arrival at the White
House, President Shazar was wel-
comed with a friendly ceremonial
exchange, highlighted by a report
by the Israeli leader on L a tin
America, which was requested by
President and Mrs. Shazar had
arrived aboard an aircraft pro-
vided by President J o h n s o n.
They were welcomed at the U.S.
Military Terminal by Vice Pres-
ident Hubert H. Humphrey. An
Honor Guard of elite t r o o p s
stood at attention, and the flags
of both Israel and the U.S. were
Mrs. Humphrey presented a bou-
quet of roses to Mrs. Shazar, as
did eight-year-old Shaily Pattir,
the lovely daughter of Israel Em-
bassy Counsellor, Dan Pattir. Also
among those welcoming the Shazars
Raymond Hare, assistant secretary
Of state for Near Eastern Affairs;
and James Symington, U.S. chief
Mr. Humphrey, in a brief ex-
change with Shazar, emphasized
that President Johnson was very
interested in having a report on
Mr. Shazar's visit to Latin Amer-
The Israeli President was then
whisked to the White House to
meet with President Johnson. The
two leaders appeared together in
front of the White House, clasp-
ing hands to be televised together.
Following his lengthy White
House meeting with President
Johnson, Mr. Shazar said, "I had
a very good talk with the Presi-
dent and have been made to feel
once again, as when we first met
in 1963, the depth of his under-
standing of Israel, of our desire
for peace and security, of our pro-
gress and our problems."
He added that "I believe that
the ties of friendship between
our two countries are very close
and our conversation was the
latest expression of this."
The Israeli President disclosed
that he had "the opportunity of
telling President Johnson some-
thing of my visits to Uruguay,
Chile and Brazil and of the un-
forgettable memories of the kind-
ness and understanding I experi-
enced in these countries."
He said, "I am very happy, in-
deed, to have this opportunity to
spend a couple of days in Wash-
ington on my way home. I bring
back to my people the conviction
of real understanding and har-
mony between our two countries."
During their stay in the Capitol,
President and Mrs. Shazar were
guests at Blair , House, the official
guest residence on Pennsylvania
Avenue for distinguished foreign
At the White House dinner Tues-
day night, President Johnson voic-
ed the traditional Hebrew greet-
ing, "Baruch Haba" and reiterated
pledges voiced on' May 8, 1963 by
President Kennedy related to Is-
Mr. Johnson said that he wished
the blessings of peace for all the
peoples of the Near East, and ex-
pressed warm friendship for Is-
rael. The President commended
Israel for sharing values and tech-
nical know-how with other coun-
tries. He said we share the vision
of peace which you call "shalom."
Citing the inscription on the
Liberty Bell — "Proclaim Liberty
Throughout the Land to All In-
habitants Thereof"—the President
said, "We are spiritual heirs to
Biblical tradition. No society can
be secure unless it is also just."
Mr. Shazar responded with a
traditional toast to life, peace and
blessings to all mankind. He voic-
ed greetings to the President's
daughter, Luci Baines, and her
fiance with the "old Jewish ex-
pression, "Mazel Tov." Mr. Sha-
zar conveyed the cordial greetings
of Prime Minister Eshkol and the
people of Israel in a toast wishing
President Johnson long life and
success in his efforts for peace.
At a farewell luncheon Wednes-
day, President Shazar told Secre-
tary of State Dean Rusk, Vice Pre-
sident Hubert H. Humphrey and
other key personages that Presi-
dent Johnson made a "striking im-
pression" on him and that he was
highly optimistic about the future
of Israel-American relations.
At a luncheon, tendered by Am-
bassador Avraham Harman, Presi-
dent Shazar said that from the
very first moment that I met Pre-
sident Johnson in 1963, he made
me feel that the deeply-rooted
friendship between our two coun-
tries would continue to flourish
He added that "my feeling with
him came to me as a striking im-
pression that this is what has
taken place these past three years.
Nothing could give me greater
satisfaction than the knowledge of
this, which I take back with me
from Washington as a central as-
pect of the report which I shall
make to my people."
Mr. Shazar asked the Vice Pre-
Secretary of State
to convey Ito
to President Johnson
his renewed conviction of the
depth of the friendship linking the
United States and Israel.
Mr. Shazar recalled that Mr.
Humphrey visited Israel in 1958
and 1961 and said that "we look
forward to seeing you once again
in our midst."
The Israeli President also greet-
ed the Latin American Ambassa-
dors present, and emphasized the
satisfaction' he felt over the grow-
ing Israeli ties with OAS mem-
bers. He noted the presence of
the Ambassador of Nepal, and re-
called his recent visit to that
Before departing for home,
President Shazar placed a
wreath on the tomb of the late
President John F. Kennedy at
impressive ceremonies conduct.
ed in Arlington National Ceme-
tery. An elaborate honor guard
was provided by the U.S. Mili-
tary Establishment. The Israeli
leader said a brief Hebrew
prayer at the grave.
The Shazar party was later
taken to the Kennedy Memorial
Center where director Robert
Stevens displayed the models of
the vast project planned to mem-
orialize the late President.
Mr. Shazar personally • greeted
all members of the staff of the
Israel Embassy in the course of a
visit to the embassy.
A telegram was sent by Pre-
sident Shazar to former Presi-
dent Harry S. Truman at Inde-
pendence, Mo. He voiced regret
at being unable to call on Mr.
Truman, but expressed wishes
for the f o r m e r President's
health, and said, "It is a source
of great pride to us that the
Truman Peace Center at the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem
is to bear your name."
President Johnson gave Presi-
dent Shazar a 17-volume set of the
papers of Thomas Jefferson in a
custom-made bookcase with a gold
plaque of presentation and an
autographed photograph in a ster-
ling silver frame with the Presi-
dential seal. Mrs. Johnson gave
Mrs. Shazar a set of art books.
Accompanying the Shazar party
in Washington was Walworth Bar-
bour, U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
President and Mrs. Shazar, who
had been in the U.S. since July
28, were honored at luncheons
Monday at the United Nations,
given by UN Secretary General
U Thant and Mrs. Joan Comay,
wife of Israel's Permanent Repre-
sentative to the UN. More than 40
leading diplomatic representatives
were invited from various coun-
The Soviet delegates to the
United Nations boycotted the
luncheon as did the delegate
from Bulgaria, but all other
members of the Security Coun-
cil — except the representatives
of Jordan and Nationalist China
who were not invited — were
Mr. Thant announced at the
luncheon a toast "To the Presi
dent of Israel," to which President
Shazar responded emphasizing that
"Israel has watched with admira-
tion the wise and courageous way"
in which the UN Secretary-General
has carried the burden of his of-
fice and pursued tirelessly the
goal of peace.
"I bring you the warm and af-
fectionate greetings of my people
with the hope that you will be en-
abled to continue serving man-
kind for many years to come,"
Mr. Shazar said. "Israel has a uni-
que involvement with the United
Nations — which goes back even
before we became an independent
"We have a vital interest in the
organization being strengthened to
fulfill the ideals of the charter. To
all of you who work at the United
Nations and serve those ideals, I
extend my heartfelt wishes for
Mr. Thant presented the Presi-
dent with a medallion dedicated
to the UN's International Coopera-
tion Year and with an autograph.
ed album of United Nations
Several hundred members of the
United Nations secretariat, stand-
ing behind barriers by the UN
security guard, applauded the Is-
raeli President as he walked into
the building. He was accompanied
by Israel's permanent representa-
tive to the United Nations, Am-
bassador Michael S. Comay; the
President's aide-de-camp Colonel
Aryeh Raz, in full uniform, and
New York Consul General Michael
On Monday night, following his
successful UN visit, President
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