U.S. Discussions with E. Germany Will Include Israel’s Interests

State Department sources emphasized to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency Friday that discussions of U.S. recognition of East Germany are of a purely preliminary nature and do not preclude consideration of Israel’s request that East Germany assume responsibility for the Nazi holocaust and pay reparations.

According to a reliable State Department source, resolution of U.S. diplomatic relations with East Germany will “probably not occur before this spring and probably not until after ratification of the treaty between East and West Germany.” During this time, the source said, “there are a lot of issues which will be considered.” He strongly implied that Israel’s interests would be among those issues.

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