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Sharett Welcomes German Decision on Priority for Israeli Claims

A reported decision by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the West German Parliament to give priority to Israeli claims over any other foreign commitments is regarded by the Israeli Government as a “positive step” on the part of the Germans.

A statement to this effect was made here today by Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett prior to his departure for the United States. Mr. Sharett left for New York to help press efforts to secure financial aid for Israel through the United Jewish Appeal, the sale of Israeli bonds and through assistance from the U.S. Government.

“I shall be most happy if I succeed in coordinating more harmonious relations between the United Jewish Appeal and the group directing the Israel bond sale in the United States, “the Foreign Minister said. “My suggestions with regard to coordination will be made after studying conditions on the spot.” Mr. Sharett revealed that he also expects to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson.