Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
With tight security evident, Israeli Ambassador and Mrs. Simcha Dinitz hosted a dinner party of more than 100 persons for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and his wife Tuesday night at the embassy residence.
Rabin, sweating under the spotlights of television covering the event, shuffled from foot to foot in the receiving line and was reticent when President Carter after the White House working dinner Monday night.
"It was a little less than two hours, I think," he said. "And it was a personal conversation. I'm not going to discuss it."
Vice President Walter Mondale was in a jovial mood. "When we have foreign heads of state, I'll usually represent the President on the alternative night. But this is just fun. I've known Simcha for many years."
Ambassador Dinitz appeared unaffected by the heavy security. "We only have security for the prime minister and of course the Vice President has his security. The rest of us are vulnerable, dispensable."
Among the guests were ABC's Barbara Walters, Rep. John Brademas (D-Ind.), Sen. Howard Baker (R-Tenn.) and his wife, Joy, former Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and actress Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, John Warner.
At one point, a waiter offered Taylor an hors d'oeuvre. She hesitated, then said, "No thank you" after she glanced over the waiter's head and noted her husband's smiling approval at her refusal.
The party was held in a tented area at the back of the ambassador's residence. During dinner, Dinitz introduced Rabin by saying "Welcome to our tent. In the spirit of Mideast peace, we're having dinner in a bedouin tent. In the spirit of an open administration, we're having it outside." Dinitz went on to say that he hoped Rabin's would continue, but then added, "But, I'm not allowed as a civil servant to have an opinion."
"Good for you," said Rabin from the dinner table. Rabin then toasted the group by saying that he always enjoys coming to Washington and to the house that he and his wife occupied for five years when he was ambassador here.
"I've always come with mixed feelings," he said, "because of the difference in size and dimension between Israel and the United States. Despite the difference in size, strength and numbers, what we have in common goes beyond. We have common feelings and beliefs in freedom and democracy and pursuing wherever possible the cause of peace.
"I am 55 years old now, and the word peace is a beautiful word but we must be realistic. I'd like to thank everyone here for the generous understanding and support this country has given us. We are proud never to have asked America to come to our assistance."
Vice President Mondale responded by telling the tale of visiting Israel several years back and flying over the Sinai desert. He said, "I saw bedouin tents down below and I must confess I wondered why anyone would want to live in one. But seated here between Leah (Rabin's wife) and Liz, I understand the strength of that culture."