Jerusalem (Jun. 15)
Mayor Teddy Kollek awarded the Jerusalem Medal to the outgoing German Ambassador to Israel, Klaus Schuetz, for his contributions to the development of friendship between West Germany and Israel. Schuetz spared no effort to deepen the friendship between the two countries and had developed special ties with Jerusalem ever since he served as Mayor of West Berlin, Kollek said.
At the same time, Kollek noted that there was a national consensus in Israel against the views of West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt toward the Palestine Liberation Organization and his recent remark that Germany had a moral obligation to the Palestinian people. But Kollek criticized Premier Menachem Begin’s recent personal attacks on Schmidt.