JERUSALEM (Feb. 22)
Foreign Minister Golda Meir reviewed for the Cabinet today the developments following the West German decision to halt arms delivery to Israel and the worldwide reaction to that move. The report by Mrs. Meir and Premier Levi Eshkol’s review of the security situation concluded the Cabinet’s political affair’s discussion started three weeks ago.
It is understood that Israel does not intend to make any move on the issue and is awaiting further initiative to be taken by the Bonn Government. Eliezer Shinnar, head of the Israel mission in Cologne, who was called home last week, is still not returning to his post.
Observers here stressed that only a position taken by the Bonn Government asserting that its relations with Israel were not negotiable would be satisfactory to Israel. They said that recent remarks by a Bonn spokesman noting the repeated threats by the Arabs to destroy Israel were unusual to be stated unequivocally by a Western power.
In her report to the Cabinet, Mrs. Meir denied as completely without foundation a German press report about an alleged “deal” according to which, in exchange for military aid, Israel undertook not to besmirch present-day Germany during the Eichmann trial and not to call as a witness Hans Globke, who resigned from a high Bonn Government post. Mrs. Meir said the entire report was baseless.