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Leading Newspaper in India Advocates Diplomatic Relations with Israel

The Times of India, one of the most influential newspapers in this country, editorially called this week for the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and India. The Nehru Government has delayed such a move because of its close relations with various Arab states.

The Times asserted that the principles which justified Indian recognition of Israel in 1950–the fact of Israel’s existence and its recognition by the vast majority of the nations of the world–would now justify the establishment of diplomatic relations. It insisted that the presence of an Indian diplomatic representation in Israel would “help President Nasser to persuade Arab opinion into a more reasonable frame of mind” toward Israel.

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