JERUSALEM (Feb. 19)
Charges that Britain is conspiring with the Arab League states to divide Palestine among them in return for British military hegemony in the Middle East were made here last night by the Irgun Zvai Leumi.
In a clandestine broadcast the underground stated that it had received reliable information that Brigadier I.N. Clayton, head of British Intelligence in the Middle East, had offered the Arab League a plan calling for a collective agreement between the League and Britain and separate pacts with each of the seven League members and providing for the establishment of a collective defense council. Britain would also receive military bases throughout the Middle East.
The British plan envisages the partition of Palestine among the Arab states as follows: Western Galilee, as far south as Shave Zion, to Lebanon; the eastern section of Upper Galilee and part of Lower Galilee to Syria; the Beisan Valley, extending across the width of the land to include Haifa and Nazareth, to Transjordan; and, the southern section of the country, as far north as Jaffa and including the Negev, to Egypt. The Irgun broadcast also stated that Britain would receive the coastal strip from Tel Aviv to Haifa in the form a protectorate over an autonomous area.