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Genscher Ends Visit to Israel

July 3, 1978
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West Germany’s Foreign Minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, ended his visit to Israel Friday after an hour long meeting with Defense Minister Ezer Weizman. Their discussion reportedly focussed on the prospects of renewed peace talks and efforts to maintain contacts between Israel and Egypt until the talks can be resumed. Weizman told the German diplomat that people tend to forget that for 30 years the Arab majority attacked the Israeli minority but nevertheless, Israel is often branded the aggressor.

Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan saw Genscher off at Ben Gurion Airport. Genscher told reporters at the airport that he had had open and useful talks with Israeli leaders. Dayan said the questions of peace in the Middle East and its implications for the European community and the Common Market were discussed. Dayan observed that West Germany’s attitude on the Palestinian question does not deviate from that adopted by the nine member states of the European Economic Community (EEC). Before he left, Genscher met with a delegation of widows of the Israeli Olympic athletes killed in the 1972 Munich massacre. They demanded indemnification from the Bonn government.

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