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A Small but Hopeful Sign

It was a small sign, but possibly a significant one that the Soviet Union is warming toward Israel after 18 years of bitter hostility and broken diplomatic ties with the Jewish State, dating from the Six-Day War.

Sari Rauber, Swiss correspondent at the Israeli daily, Maariv, received an invitation 10 days ago to dine at the home of Evgenie Korjev, the local Tass bureau chief. It was the first time since 1967 that an Israeli journalist was invited to the home of a Russian colleague. Tass is the official Soviet news agency. The correspondent of the Swiss Telegraphic Agency was also invited.

Rauber, who was president of the United Nations Press Association here, has been invited in that capacity to Soviet Embassy receptions marking the anniversary of the 1917 Revolution.

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