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6 Israeli Left-wingers in Moscow

Israeli officials attached little political importance to the current visit of six Israeli left-wingers to the Soviet Union. Informed circles also note that the six are not in Moscow to examine prospects for restoration of diplomatic ties between Israel and the Soviet Union. The Israeli group, which includes two Knesset members, were invited for a 10-day visit last week by the Soviet “Peace Committee.”

The group includes MKs Dov Zakin of Mapam and Avraham Levenbraum of Rakah, Yaakov Riftin, a former Mapam leader and now an independent Socialist-Zionist and editor of a magazine called “Left Columns,” David Shaham of the new radical party “Yaad,” and Amnon Kapeliuk, a journalist, The Soviet press has not yet reported on their meeting. Israeli officials, referring to the visit said there was nothing unusual about it. “There have been similar visits by active leftists who received personal invitations,” they noted.