Vivian Dinitz (June 23, 1929 - September 23, 2003) Isreal - Diplomat, ambassador to the United States during the 1973 Arb-Israeli war. Autograph Card (Formal Invitation) Signed, 05/07/1973 - 7 1/3 x 4 3/4 signed in blk ink pen with a seal embossed of the State of Israel on top. Overall, extra fine condition.
"Mr. Dinitz, the Israeli ambassador to the United States during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, who played a crucial but disputed role in arranging an airlift of American military supplies to Israel, died yesterday at his home in Jerusalem. He was 74.
The cause was a heart attack, The Associated Press reported.
The war broke out shortly after Mr. Dinitz arrived in Washington, and he immediately began pressing for an American military aid effort, which the United States started a few days later.
But his precise role in arranging the supplies became a matter of controversy in 1976 when an Israeli journalist, Matti Golan, published a book asserting that Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger first delayed the arms, fearing to imperil relations with Moscow and provoke an Arab oil embargo.
In ''The Secret Conversations of Henry Kissinger'' (Quadrangle/The New York Times Book Company), Mr. Golan wrote that Mr. Kissinger duped Mr. Dinitz into telling Israel the shipments were being delayed by the Pentagon. Only after the Soviet Union resupplied Egypt and Syria did the main American airlift get under way.
Mr. Dinitz was born on June 23, 1929, in Tel Aviv. An interest in international relations led him to study first at the University of Cincinnati and then at the Georgetown University Foreign Service School and Graduate School before joining the Israeli foreign service.
Mr. Dinitz served in Rome, at the United Nations and in Washington, becoming ambassador there in 1973. He held the post until 1978.
He was elected to the Israeli Parliament in 1984 as a representative of the Labor Party.
In 1987, Mr. Dinitz became chairman of the Jewish Agency, an organization that serves as a link between Jews in Israel and the rest of the world and helps Jewish immigrants to Israel.
While at the University of Cincinnati, Mr. Dinitz married Vivian Kinsburg, who survives him. He is also survived by their three children, Dorit, Tamar and Michel."