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Israeli Political Observers Welcome Nomination of Nixon As Republican Candidate

Political observers here welcomed the nomination of Richard M. Nixon as the Republican Presidential candidate. The first reaction to the news from Miami Beach was to stress Mr. Nixon’s “positive attitude” toward Israel as exemplified by several statements he made during his pre-nomination campaign. However, commentators here said that there was little likelihood of any change in American policy toward Israel no matter who is elected to the White House.

It was noted today, among other things, that Mr. Nixon has advocated U.S. arms shipments to Israel to maintain the balance of military power in the Middle East. Some observers said that as Vice President during the Eisenhower Administration, Mr. Nixon showed an understanding of Israel’s problems.

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