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Former Rafi Members Form Unit to Promote Dayan As Premier

A number of former members of the dissident Rafi faction in Premier Levi Eshkol’s dominant Israel Labor Party have announced formation of a committee which will seek to make Gen. Moshe Dayan, Israel’s Defense Minister, the Premier.

A sectional public opinion poll in an undisclosed section of Israel was reported to show that Gen. Dayan was favored over Mr. Eshkol for the Premier’s post by a ratio of 48 to 31. In other pairings, Gen. Dayan was favored for the Premiership over Labor Minister Yigal Allon, 62 to 12, Mr. Eshkol over Mr. Allon, 46 to 31, and Mr. Eshkol over Herut Party leader Menachem Beigin by 59 to 21. The results were based on findings from 1,200 questionnaires.