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Israel Government Gets Authorization to Start Talks with Germany

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Israel Parliament today voted to empower the government to enter into immediate negotiations with Germany on the $1,500,000,000 in reparations which Israel claims for Nazi-looted Jewish property. Opposition members announced that they will appeal to the House Committee of the Parliament on the legality of the vote.

The Foreign Affairs Committee had been given a free hand by Parliament to make any decision it saw fit with regard to reparations talks with Germany. This means that today’s vote has the effect of formal Parliamentary action.