Tel Aviv (Mar. 19)
Israel Television disclosed tonight that Labor Party leader Shimon Peres held a lengthy meeting with King Hassan of Morocco in Morocco today. Peres had earlier, on Tuesday, met with a brother of Jordanian King Hussein in London. Peres, who returned to Israel tonight from a five-day visit abroad, declined to comment on this report.
The television report said that Peres, who arrived in Morocco last night and met with Hassan alone outlined his Labor Party’s “Jordanian option.” The king inquired about the status of Jerusalem and Peres reportedly told him a Labor government would offer to implement autonomy first in the Gaza Strip, and would be ready to discuss Jerusalem with Saudi Arabia.
Peres is reported to have gained the impression from his talks with Hussein’s brother that Jordan did not completely reject the Labor Party’s “Jordanian option” but would disclose its attitude only if official talks were held.