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Israel Interested in Establishing Diplomatic Relations with Spain

Israel is interested in establishing diplomatic relations with Spain, Foreign Minister Goida Meir indicated in Parliament today.

The indication came in the form of her denial that Israel had, as reported, rejected the hand of friendship preferred by Spain. Israel wants friendly relations with all countries, including. Spain, she said: – She expressed regret at press reports that the Spanish Foreign Minister had said Spain would never recognize Israel. She said she hoped he was misquoted.

Mrs. Meir also stressed that the Jews of the world, including those in Israel, recall with gratitude the actions of Spanish leaders during the war to save Jews from the hands of the Nazis.

Meanwhile, it was reported today that about 75 percent of the 20,000,000-pound loan floated to help absorb the 100,000 immigrants expected from East Europe this year has been subscribed. It was predicted that the remaining five million pounds would be subscribed by the end of February when the loan campaign ends.

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