BONN (Feb. 16)
Foreign Minister Abba Eban has aroused a storm of anger here on the eve of his first visit to West Germany by a remark he allegedly made before departing from Israel yesterday. Mr. Eban was quoted as having told newsmen at Lydda Airport that he would not visit Germany in a private capacity. His forthcoming visit is an official one, at the invitation of the Federal Government. Newspapers reacted violently to what they considered a rebuff and emotions are running high in official quarters and among the public. Newsmen wanted to know if the Cabinet had given any consideration to Mr. Eban’s remark. The Government spokesman, Konrad Ahlers said it had not because it was not the Government’s business. Stringent security measures are being taken to protect Mr. Eban in the wake of last week’s Arab terrorist attack on El Al passengers at Munich Airport. The itinerary of his West German visit has not been announced.
(Foreign Minister Abba Eban of Israel was received by Queen Juliana of The Netherlands today in Amsterdam. He met later with Prime Minister Pieter DeJong and with the President of the Dutch Senate. Mr. Eban also had a lengthy discussion with Foreign Minister Joseph Luns. He arrived here yesterday on the first leg of a European tour that will take him to Belgium, West Germany and Luxembourg. He met with the Liberal Dutch Senator, Sidney Vandenberg and with 250 Dutch industrialists at the latter’s home in Wassenar. Mr. Eban reportedly stressed the necessity of Israel’s admittance to the European Economic Community. Dutch police meanwhile have posted guards at Jewish community buildings in Rotterdam and Arnhem. The Israel Embassy and other Jewish premises in Amsterdam were placed under police guard yesterday.)