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Israel Government Prepares for Economic Aid Talks with Germany

January 21, 1966
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Asher Ben-Nathan, Israel’s Ambassador to West Germany arrived here today for participation in Government discussions about the details of an economic agreement to be made with the Bonn Government. Among the items to be discussed are the size of West German economic aid and whether German assistance is to be linked to Israel’s development budget or to be tied with specific projects. Bonn is understood to have requested that the latter course be followed.

The economic talks with West Germany, to be held soon, will translate into practice the promise of economic aid to Israel made by the Born Government last spring, when it announced its readiness to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. Germany had moved very slowly on implementing that promise but finally agreed to start the talks, now that Chancellor Ludwig Erhard’s government had been assured of continuance by last fall’s elections.

Top-ranking representatives of heavy industry in West Germany have been in Israel for a week, studying the possibility of manufacture in Israel of German machinery, electronics and chemical products, it was disclosed today. The industrialists, understood to represent the Krupp interests in West Germany, are reportedly looking into the possibilities of Israeli industry’s cooperation in the export of certain products to developing countries in Africa and Asia.

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