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British Prime Minister Supports Bonn’s Recognition of Israel

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson told the press here today that he supported fully Chancellor Ludwig Erhard’s actions in offering diplomatic recognition to Israel and cutting off economic aid to Egypt.

State Secretary Gunther von Hase, the West German Government spokesman, refused at a press conference to comment on reports that Chancellor Erhard would meet with Israel Premier Levi Eshkol. He stressed the “positive echoes” evoked in the world by the Chancellor’s action and added he preferred at the present time not to give a general appraisal of the Arab reaction. He revealed that the West German Cabinet met today to near a report from Chancellor Erhard on current political developments and the situation in the Middle East.