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German Chancellor Confirms He Will Meet with Israel’s Prime Minister

Repeated rumors here and abroad about a possible, early meeting between Chancellor Ludwig Erhard and Israel’s Prime Minister Levi Eshkol were confirmed here by the Chancellor himself.

Appearing on a nationwide television program on which members of the TV audience question prominent German personalities about issues of interest, Mr. Erhard said, in answer to a query: “I hope to meet soon with the Israeli Premier, ” The possible sites of the Eshkol-Erhard confrontation have been linked with various other meetings to be attended early in 1965 by Mr. Erhard in Belgium, France or Switzerland.

Asked also whether West Germany plans to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, the Chancellor replied; “For the time being, Germany has no intention of exchanging diplomatic relations with Israel. We do our best in other ways to help the Jewish State. “