Respondent
Novick, Ivan J.
Interview Date
1998
Abstract
[T1S1] Respondent discusses trip to Israel with Vice President George W. Bush, July 1986; provides details: long term relationship with Mr. Bush through involvement as President of Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) during administration of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, participated in many State functions; gave Respondent opportunity to enhance relationship with Mr. Bush as he prepared to run for Presidency. Respondent notes Mr. Bush’s formation of teams of supporters, several Jewish people involved, asked to join campaign. Respondent begins discussion of trip to Middle East, 8 people invited, gives names of participants, held high positions in Government service; Tom Pickering Ambassador to Israel at that time, adds additional names, elaborates on their positions. Respondent describes flight on Air Force II to Frankfurt, Germany, then to Israel; welcomed by speaker of Knesset and Shimon Peres, then to Jerusalem for opening ceremony, given “red carpet” treatment. Respondent elaborates on visit to Yad Vashem (Holocaust memorial): gives vivid description; discusses various State dinners attended; gives names of those present, mentions Ariel Sharon, Shimon Peres, Teddy Kollek; describes visit to Sde Boker, home of David Ben Gurion.
[T1S2] (tape half full) Respondent reflects on visit to air base, met by Yitzchak Rabin, comments on highly secure conversation regarding military in Israel; discusses situation on all borders: Egyptian, Lebanese, Syrian; required to sign confidentiality paper; Respondent never privy to such personal and private discussions; emotional experience; discusses Israel’s need to retaliate in order to live; necessary to retaliate on Syrian border where many were killed, notes Syrians had certain weapons unknown to the world, could have devastating effect on Israel. Respondent describes walking tour; visit with young Israeli leaders of industry, media, manufacturing, technology.
[T2S3] Respondent comments on meeting Nathan Sharansky, former Russian prisoner, arranged by Mr. Bush; surprised at hearing Mr. Sharansky had arrived from Russia; elaborates on dialogue with him. Respondent discusses various other events: session at Knesset, press conference with Mr. Bush, interview by Israeli press, impressed with Mr. Bush, once in a lifetime experience, notes Mrs. Bush had her own agenda, meticulous in making her arrangements, comments on good relationship between Israel and the United States.
Subjects
Bush, George W.; Israel
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Karelitz, Bess
Interviewer2
Winer, Ruth
Indexer
Berger, Betty
Collateral Materials
Box 104 FF 44
Identifier
ais196440.331
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh