JERUSALEM (Apr. 6)
Prof. Yigal Yadin, founder of the new Democratic Movement for Change, denied that he was planning to visit the United States before the May 17 elections after reports of such a visit appeared in Maariv Monday. According to the paper. Yadin, an internationally famous archaeologist, may be invited by a “private organization” in America to lecture on archaeology.
The organization contacted officials in Washington who said they would be glad to meet him if he was in the country. Maariv said. The report added that the U.S. Administration regarded Yadin as a possible member of the next Israeli government even if his party is not one of the major winners in the elections. It said that Yadin was not likely to leave Israel in the heat of the election campaign unless a visit to the U.S. was worthwhile politically.
Questioned by reporters, Yadin said “So far I was not invited to the U.S. by any organization, but it is possible that someone is trying to organize such a visit and trying to interest Ameri- can officials in the visit.” He said he has no specific plans to go to the U.S.