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Allon Says Rogers, Nixon Approaches to Mideast Differ; Rejects Rogers’ Approach

Deputy Premier Yigal Allon differentiated yesterday between the Nixon approach and the Rogers approach to the Middle East conflict. He said that Israel flatly rejected Secretary of State William P. Rogers’ original plan which he enunciated last December. Addressing a meeting here, Mr. Allon said that whereas Mr. Rogers went into territorial matters and even drew mans of future boundaries, President Nixon has assured Israel that the U.S. would maintain Israel’s deterrent strength and see to it that the balance of forces does not turn against Israel. It was on the basis of the President’s assurances, not Mr. Rogers’ plans, that Israel accepted the current peace approaches including the cease-fire, Mr. Allon said. He said Soviet Russia was not interested in peace in the Middle East but wants to dominate the area without having to confront the Americans.