TEL AVIV (Dec. 6)
Albert Liebermann, a Hungarian Legation official here, has resigned his post and appealed to the Israel Government for asylum, it was reported here today by the Tel Aviv press. The Israel Foreign Ministry refused any comment on the reports.
According to the newspapers Liebermann, son of a Jewish author, and first Hungarian representative sent to Tel Aviv after the establishment of diplomatic relations between Hungary and the Jewish State, resigned his post of commercial attache but refused to return to Budapest when ordered to do so. He has moved from his official residence to a hotel at Ramath Gan. The press, which reports this as the first case of a foreign diplomat assigned to Israel refusing to return to his home, says that Liebermann spent years in Russian labor camps and that he has helped Jews in Hungary.