Middle East: A Call for Wise Hearts

MIDDLE EAST

"It's like a cemetery in here," whispered a backbencher in Jerusalem's Knesset last week. And well it might be, for the legislature was facing the most painful decision in Israel's recent history—the question of close diplomatic ties with West Germany, a nation inevitably associated in Jewish minds with the hated Nazi past.

Premier Levi Eshkol was as conscious as anyone of the gravity of the matter as he rose to introduce the government's motion. Pressing logic on the glum Deputies who sat before him, he insisted that formal ties with West...

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