Israel Cabinet Approves Texts of Exchange of Letters with Germany

Israel’s Cabinet has finally approved the formulation of an exchange of letters with West Germany which will finalize the decision of both governments to exchange diplomatic representatives, it was revealed here today. The approval was voted by the Cabinet here at an extraordinary meeting yesterday.

As a result, the long-delayed joint Israeli-German communique on the diplomatic exchange issue is now expected to be made public tomorrow or Thursday, here and in Bonn, simultaneously.

The Cabinet’s special meeting yesterday was attended, it was learned today, by Brig. Gen. Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s chief of staff, and Deputy Defense Minister Shimon Peres. Their Joining the meeting was seen here as indicating that one of the remaining disputes with Bonn may have concerned a section of the joint agreement dealing with Israel’s security.

The extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet had before it a note from the Bonn Government, declining to accept some proposed Israeli changes in the formal documents. There were direct contacts on the matter yesterday between Israel and West Germany. Finally, the Cabinet decided to approve the documents as desired by Bonn, feeling that further delay in the issuance of the joint communique might be harmful.

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