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Goldmann Denies Published Rumors That He Plans to Enter Faction in Knesset Elections

Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress, has emphatically denied published rumors that he was planning to set up a “new left” political faction in Israel to enter a list in the forthcoming Knesset elections. Dr. Goldmann’s denial was contained in a cable from him received here.

The rumors arose after a talk he had with Uri Avneri, the one-man Knesset faction known as “Haolam Hazeh.” Mr. Avneri, a magazine publisher, supports unpopular causes, among them the Big Four Mideast talks in New York which the Israel Government bitterly opposes. As a result of a rumored association with Mr. Avneri, Dr. Goldmann was said to be on the “black list” of many Israelis. He declared in his cable, “I have no intention whatsoever of intervening or taking part in Israeli politics and have given no one any promise of support.”