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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Israeli Consul Presents Birthday Gift to Hinckley
Salt Lake Tribune 21Jun00 N2
By Peggy Fletcher Stack: Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- As LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's 90th birthday approaches, civic and government leaders are extending their best wishes. While Hinckley was in Thailand last week, Deputy Prime Minister Bhichai Rattakul treated him to a "pre-birthday celebration." And yesterday, the consul general of Israel stopped by LDS Church headquarters for a courtesy call and to drop off a gift.

The Consul, Yuval Rotem, who works out of Los Angeles for the Israeli government, presented President Hinckley with a silver menorah, the set of candleholders used in the celebration of Hanukkah. Rotem also communicated "the congratulations and best wishes of the state of Israel."

Rotem also thanked Hinckley for "his long-standing friendship to the Jewish people, and for his valued efforts in strengthening ties between the LDS Church and Israel." He noted "the importance of the Brigham Young University Center in Jerusalem," and suggested that the "key to the relationship" is mutual respect.


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