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Ben Gurion Denies That Israel Sought Membership in Nato

Premier David Ben Gurion’s office issued a formal denial today that the Government of Israel had proposed to the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that Israel be accepted as a NATO member.

The communique officially denied that Mapai Party secretary Dr. Giora Josephthal who was recently in Germany on an official mission was sent there to discuss Israel’s joining the treaty organization. There is no foundation, the communique continued, to the report that “a leading personality” was to be sent to Germany to negotiate a NATO link.

Informed circles here buttressed the communique’s statements, asserting that both Dr. Josephthal’s mission and that of the “leading personality” were concerned with matters specifically between Israel and West Germany.