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Dayan Will Not Head New Party

Speculation that former Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan may head a new centrist political party to oppose Likud in next year’s Knesset elections was dampened by Dayan himself. He told a television interviewer Saturday that he had no plans for his political future at the moment.

“If you ask me today whether I want to be in the next Knesset I would say no,” Dayan declared. “I don’t believe in the establishment of any new parties and I have no intention of establishing or joining one. I cannot say it is the dream of my life to serve in another Knesset.”

Dayan quit Premier Menachem Begin’s Cabinet in October, 1979 but retained his Knesset seat as an independent. At the time he said he did not plan to stand for reelection when his term expires. Recently, former Defense Minister Ezer Weizman suggested that Dayan was the man best qualified to serve as Premier in the next government.