Documents: Kissinger called Jews 'self-serving'

AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - American Jewish groups lobbying the Nixon White House on behalf of their Soviet brethren got under Henry Kissinger's skin in demanding intense pressure on Moscow. That's according to documents released by the State Department.

Among the appeals flooding the White House was one from late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir to President Richard Nixon in August 1972 asking him to protest to the Kremlin its practice of levying fees for exit permits.

Kissinger was Nixon's deputy national security adviser at the time. In exasperation, Kissinger said to another White House official, Leonard Garment: "Is there a more self-serving group of people than the Jewish community?" Kissinger is Jewish.

A call to Kissinger's New York office seeking comment Thursday night was not immediately returned.

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