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Allon Plan (1967)

A plan proposed by Israeli Minister of Labor and former general Yigal Allon shortly after the Six Day War. The first version of the plan, introduced in July 1967, called for the establishment of Palestinian autonomy with economic, cultural and military ties to Israel in the newly-occupied West Bank. The second version was introduced in February 1968, and substituted Jordan for the Palestinians as Israel's strategic partner. The plan suggested the partition of the West Bank between Israel and Jordan: the former would retain control of the strategically important Jordan Valley, along with a corridor linking it to Jerusalem, while the latter would gain control of two non-contiguous areas in the western part of the West Bank. The plan was never officially adopted by Israel, but served as a guideline for Israeli policy in the West Bank for the next few years. In 1974, Allon proposed the Jericho Plan, which also called for the partition of the West Bank between Israel and Jordan. The strategic importance of the Jordan Valley continued to be emphasized by various Israeli leaders, and the Allon Plan served as inspiration for the later Sharon Plan. The so-called “Jordanian Option” was finally abandoned when Jordan announced its disengagement from the West Bank in 1988.