Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel arrived several days ago in Washington to urge the Ford Administration to restore $500,000,000 in aid that it had announced plans to cut for the fiscal year 1976-1977. Mr. Rabin also wanted to reassess the overall Middle East, situation and, of course, secure broad public support in the United States for what will surely be an Israeli hardening of its position in future negotiations with Egypt and Syria. President Ford hosted Mr. Rabin as guest of honor at a special dinner at the White House, and Mr. Rabin addressed a joint session of the Congress. He was assured by President Ford of continued American support. The President urged further steps to advance peace negotiations; but Mr. Rabin said, "You cannot achieve peace but from the standpoint of strength. It cannot be done from a standpoint of weakness. With a weak Israel, no one will negotiate.
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