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."