Israel Votes to Have Diplomatic Relations with West Germany

Israel Votes to Have Diplomatic Relations with West Germany

Israeli Knesset
Source: Itzik Edri

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The Israeli Knesset votes 66-29 to establish full diplomatic relations with West Germany. There is considerable anti-German sentiment in Israel, and with good reason given the recent history of Nazi anti-Semitism and extermination camps. However, many conclude that the benefits of having diplomatic ties with a strong Germany outweigh the costs.

Israeli Premier Levi Eshkol releases a statement saying that the offer from West Germany to establish diplomatic ties with Israel

"constitutes a highly significant example of resistance to the extortionate pressure of our [Arab] neighbors, who claim the right to infect others states with an attitude of hostility and ostracism towards Israel."
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