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3 Parliamentary Factions Decline to Participate in Goodwill Visit to Germany

Three political factions in the Knesset (Parliament) announced today that as a matter of principle they would not participate in a Knesset delegation which will pay a goodwill visit to West Germany at the invitation of the West German Parliament. The Knesset Presidium approved the visit yesterday. The dissenting parties are the Herut wing of Gahal (Herut-Liberal alignment), the left-wing labor party Mapam, and the former Achdut Avodah, now part of the Israel Labor Party.

Walter Hesselbach, prominent Frankfurt banker, became the first German to receive an honorary fellowship from the Hebrew University. The honor was conferred by university president Avraham Harman at a dinner yesterday attended by West Germany’s Ambassador Karl Herman Knoke, Judge Haim Cohn of the Israel Supreme Court and others. Mr. Hesselbach is president of the German Friends of the Hebrew University.