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Israel-german Talks Discussed by Sharett with State Department

Israel Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett discussed the Israel-German reparations talks “briefly” with Burton Y. Berry, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, last Friday, it was reported today.

Mr. Sharett told reporters here Friday that he approved of an editorial in the New York Times on the reparations question. The editorial said that Mr. Sharett’s appeal to world opinion for moral pressure on Germany to discharge its debt for the crimes committed by the Hitler regime against the Jews “will undoubtedly find a sympathetic response.” At the same time, it pointed out that the differences between Israel and Germany on the acknowledged Israeli claims do not look insuperable. “Given goodwill on both sides it should be possible to reach compromises on both the final sum and the methods of paying it,” the editorial said.

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