U.S. oil magnate Armand Hammer said former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who has lived in seclusion for five years, "looks great (and) is in good spirits."

Hammer, the chairman of Occidental Petroleum who is being feted by Israeli leaders in honor of his 90th birthday, met the 74-year-old Begin for a half-hour at his Jerusalem home Tuesday.

Israel television quoted Hammer as saying he would donate $1 million toward a hospital wing in the name of Begin's late wife, Aliza.