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Knesset Rejects Motion to Debate Invitation to Germany to Fair

Israel’s Parliament rejected today a motion by the Herut party for debate on the question of inviting West Germany to participate in the forthcoming Near East Trade Fair in Tel Aviv. Finance and Trade Minister Pinhas Sapir said he had never heard the party oppose trade with West Germany to which Israel exported $40,000,000 worth of products during the past year.

The Minister said that Israel was interested in expanding its exports and that the Government had instructed the Commerce Ministry last January to inform the Tel Aviv municipality that West Germany was to be treated just like any other country regarding participation in the fair.

The Municipality has not yet sent an invitation to West Germany and it announced that before doing so, it would consult the Foreign Ministry.