The publication of a proposed peace plan by Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon in an Israeli newspaper has touched off a controversy in of Israel.
CU Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon speaking.
MV Newsmen around Allon. (Natural Sound)
CU Allon speaking
CU Allon speaking
ALLON: "When I wrote this article which of course I take full responsibility for every word which is printed there. But for the map that was added without my knowledge and the editor apologised for that very gracefully. And of course I remember very well that I was carrying the responsibility for the Foreign Minister of this country when I wrote this article. I take full responsibility for everything that has been written."
ALLON: "At least if I am to judge from the short exchanges that took place in cabinet yesterday and without leaking anything, as if anything hasn't been leaked already, I didn't think that I was contradicted by people whom their opinion means to me the matter of the future of Israel. I don't exclude the possibility of a debate about the ultimate framework of the peace."
"Since I din't draw any maps. I spoke about centrifuge and a compromise and this compromise should offer a solution with the basic Arab interests on the one hand and provide Israel with the sensible (indistinct) which is this in the accord with the resolution 242 of the Security Council which specifically advises the need for secure and recognised borders."
Israel Radio said the Foreign Minister has told the cabinet he authorised publication of the proposals in the United states' journal, Foreign Affairs.
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Background: The publication of a proposed peace plan by Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon in an Israeli newspaper has touched off a controversy in of Israel. In the plan Mr. Allon has suggested the handing over of most of the occupied West Bank of the Jordan, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights to a joint Jordanian-Palestinian state. The areas - captured by Israel in 1967 - would be demilitarised under the foreign minister's plan. The Israeli Knesset (Parliament) has voted to take parliamentary action against Mr. Allon for his proposals. But at a news conference at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport on Monday (20 September) on his departure for the U.S.A. for official talks, Mr. Allon staunchly defended his action.
SYNOPSIS: By proposing the peace plan, Mr. Allon appears to be going against Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and his cabinet. His party's platform stipulates that the Gaza Strip should remain part of Israel. But Mr. Allon didn't agree that the cabinet was completely against the plan.
He believed his plan was in accordance with United Nations policy, and protected both Israelis and Arabs.