The World: Moscow and Jerusalem

Officially the Soviet Union and Israel have had no diplomatic contact since the Six-Day War in 1967. But unofficially, starting last November, at least six meetings have been held in Switzerland, Israel and Italy between representatives of the two countries. The purpose of the meetings, begun at the request of the Russians, is to seek grounds on which formal relations can be resumed.

The Russians have a number of reasons for talking to Israel. They want neither another Middle East war nor confrontation with the U.S., and communication with Israel is one way to...

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