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Israel Diplomatic Offer to Spain is Reported; Vatican Wants Madrid to Recognize Israel

Spanish authorities have received a direct offer from the Israel Government to support Spanish interests in the United Nations if Spain formally recognizes Israel, the New York Times reported today in a dispatch from its Madrid correspondent. The report said that the Vatican strongly favors recognition by Spain of the new state.

Although the Foreign Office in Madrid last night officially denied that the Spanish Government has decided to recognize Israel, the New York Times report says that the denial is believed to be based on “quibbling” over the fact that no formal decision to this effect has been taken. “Well-informed persons say, however, that it has been agreed to recognize Israel when the occasion arises,” the New York Times correspondent says.