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Oistrakh Sends Greetings to Israelis

David Oistrakh, the famous Soviet Jewish violinist, has sent greetings to all citizens of the State of Israel. They were broadcast on the radio by Shmuel Mikunis of the Maki Communist faction who met Oistrakh in Bucharest where the latter gave a concert last week. The Maki Communists do not accept the Moscow line and Mikunis is persona non grata in the Soviet Union though welcome in several other East European Communist countries. He said Oistrakh told him he would never forget his visit to Israel some years ago and the warm welcome he received here. The violinist has not been known to have spoken out publicly before on the issue of Soviet Jewry. His unexpected greetings to Israel, conveyed through a Maki leader, was interpreted by some observers as another sign that Moscow is seeking to thaw its relations with Israel through unofficial channels.

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