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Netanyahu Courts U.S. Jewish Groups, Business Interests

July 12, 1996| From a Times Staff Writer

NEW YORK — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking to bolster support for his new government among America's Jewish communities, said Thursday he told President Clinton that Israel alone must make decisions affecting its security when it conducts negotiations with its Arab neighbors.

Describing his White House meeting to an attentive audience of leaders of major American Jewish organizations, Netanyahu said Clinton "understands . . . there is a new government in Israel with a new mandate, democratically received, to try to arrive at a real peace that doesn't explode in our faces--literally."

Netanyahu also courted investment on Wall Street on Thursday. He pledged to 200 top business and financial executives gathered at the New York Stock Exchange to privatize almost all of Israel's state-owned industries.

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