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Israelis, Resentful of De Gaulle’s Attack, Call It Falsification of History

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Official circles said here today that President de Gaulle’s wide-ranging attack on Israel at his Paris press conference yesterday would have been more appropriate coming from “a Kosygin, Gomulka or Ulbricht” and must not be confused with the views of the French people.

It was indicated that an official reply to the French leader could be expected at the first opportunity but that a diplomatic break between the two countries was not likely. Sources close to the Prime Minister called de Gaulle’s speech, in which he charged that Israel was a “warlike state bent on expansion” a “complete falsification of history and of the aspirations of Jewish settlement in Palestine” which ignored the background of events that led to last June’s Six-Day War.

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