Haaretz Says Eshkol Favors Allon Plan for Partition of West Bank Region

A plan for the partition of the West Bank between Jordan and Israel, advanced publicly a few weeks ago by Labor Minister Yigal Allon, is favored by Prime Minister Eshkol, Foreign Minister Eban and Defense Minister Dayan, the daily Haaretz said today. The paper said that the Cabinet ministers were giving serious thought to the so-called Allon plan in case peace talks with Jordan materialize. The plan calls for the incorporation into Israel of a 10- to 14-mile-wide strip along the West Bank of the Jordan River and the return to Jordan of the central mountainous region in which such towns as Nablus and Hebron are located. A corridor passing through Jericho would linke the two regions. At present there are only 14,000 inhabitants in the strip of which 8,000 live in Jericho, Haaretz said.

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