Menu JTA Search

New Jordah Premier Sets Peace Terms for Israel; Wants Return of Ramieh and Lydda

Said Pasha El Mufti, new Jordanian Premier, said today: “I am not prepared to conclude peace with Israel unless there is a compensatory surrender, such as the return of Ramleh and Lydda, towns in the Samaria triangle, Hebron suburb lands and a reasonable settlement of the Jerusalem problem, namely, the return of the Arab quarters and compensation for Arab properties falling within the boundaries of the Jewish sector.” His statement was reported in a London Times dispatch from Amman.

As for a general peace settlement, the new Arab Premier added, it should follow the Lausanne protocol signed by the Jews and Arabs on May 12, 1949. The Jordan official said his new policy would consist of cooperation with and remaining in the Arab league.