Middle East: What to Do About Germany

The latest angry round in West Germany's hassle with Egypt last week led Chancellor Ludwig Erhard to announce that he was at last prepared to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. Having made his announcement, Erhard belatedly realized that it might be important to discover Israel's sentiments in the matter.

To that end, Special Envoy Kurt Birrenbach flew to Jerusalem and was astounded to discover that Israeli officials were not exactly jumping with joy. For one thing, anti-German feelings lie bone-deep in many Israelis; for another, everyone recognized that Erhard's decision was prompted...

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