During the years 1989-1991, Israel renewed its diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Poland and Czechoslovakia — relations that were severed following the Six Day War. Added to this was Albania, with whom Israel established diplomatic relations for the first time. During those years Israel’s representatives conducted conversations with officials of East Germany towards the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations between them. .Thiswas not realized due to East Germany’s refusal to recognize its part in paying reparations to Israel for its role in the persecution of Jews during the Nazi regime and as a result of the unification process of Germany that began to show signs of being on the horizon.
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