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Israel Government Confirms London Announcement

The Israel Government announced here today that it was ready to open negotiations with the Bonn Government for payment of reparations claims based on damages suffered by the Jews in Hitler’s Germany.

The announcement said that the negotiations would be based on the invitation extended by the Bonn Government itself and on the basis of the Israeli memorandum to the four occupation powers in March, 1951, in which the Jewish State set forth its demands for $1,500,000,000 in reparations payments from Germany.

The announcement also revealed that the Israel Government would ask Dr. Nahum Goldmann, Jewish Agency chairman and president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, to inform the Bonn Government that Israel had decided to accept its invitation.