chapter  1
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First Contacts: Compensation

The Federal Government remained outwardly calm, declaring its neutrality in the conflict and reasserting its adherence to the principle, enunciated after the 1965 crisis, that no arms or military equipment may be sent from the Federal Republic to areas of tension. Besides, public sympathy for Israel at the time of the Six Day War was spread all over the world, even in countries where governments were either lukewarm or pro-Arab. Its importance for GermanIsraeli relations can be overrated if it is judged merely by the excitement and pro-Israel euphoria shown by the West German media and public. The Israeli public had now caught up with the two governments and cultural and social exchanges developed more freely. The result was that despite great efforts on the part of the Federal Government, including offers of economic aid, little progress was made at first in wooing back those Arab states that had ruptured diplomatic relations.