Tel Aviv (Dec. 1)
The British Government will not propose partition of Palestine, but a modified version of the Morrison “federalization plan,” when the London conference resumes in January, the newspaper Mishmar says today.
The paper, which is the organ of the left-wing Hashomer Hatzair, reports that Colonel Secretary Arthur Creech-Jones has already submitted the new scheme to the Jewish Agency. It asserts that its information comes from “reliable internal and government sources.”
Under the new plan, Mishmar states, the proposed legislative council would consist of forty percent Jews, a like number of Arabs and the remainder Britons. Britain would retain the mandate for at least another 15 years. Jewish settlement would be permitted in the Negev, with British and American financial help, while Galilee and all other zones and districts–including the environs of Jerusalem–where there is an Arab majority would be barred to further Jewish colonization.
Entry of 100,000 Jews would be allowed within 18 months after implementation of the federalization scheme, but no mention is made of subsequent immigration.
Britain would retain control over Jerusalem and other areas of strategic importance. After expiration of the mandate, it would be ready to assist Jews and Arabs to establish independent states in their respective provinces, but the Jewish state would be limited to districts in which the Jews comprised at least 70 percent of the population.