TEL AVIV — Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin today turned down a request by former President Jimmy Carter to meet in Jerusalem on Thursday, the eighth anniversary of their signing the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, Begin's spokesman said.
Spokesman Yechiel Kadishai said Carter asked for a meeting during his current Middle East tour.
"Mr. Begin asked me to tell the people at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that he can't see him, that's all. He didn't give any reason," Kadishai said.
In March, 1983, Begin met Carter during his last visit to Israel but let it be known the former President had hurt him with unflattering remarks in a newspaper interview and in Carter's autobiography, "Keeping Faith."
Asked if Begin harbored a dislike for Carter, Kadishai said, "He didn't say a word about dislike."
Begin, 73, resigned in August, 1983, and withdrew from public life. Israelis speculate he was depressed over his wife's death and by rising Israeli casualties in the Lebanon war.