The Misleading Interpretation of Security Council Resolution 242 (1967)
Jewish Political Studies Review, Vol. 23, No. 3/4, Addressing the Components of the Delegitimization of Israel (Fall 2011), pp. 7-17
11 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2015
Date Written: 2011
Among the UN resolutions concerning the Middle East that are quite of the mentioned and referred to is Security Council Resolution 242 (1967). It has even been considered the building block of peace in the Middle East. Unfortunately, however, it has of the been misunderstood or misrepresented. The chapter will deal with two of these misleading interpretations. First, I will show that, contrary to certain opinions, the resolution does not request Israel to withdraw from all the territories occupied in the 1967 Six Day War. Second, I will show that, contrary to certain opinions, the resolution does not recognize that the Palestinian refugees have a right to return to Israel. It will be shown that the resolution recommends that the parties negotiate in good faith in order to reach an agreement based on certain principles, including an Israeli withdrawal to recognized and secure (i.e., agreed) borders, and a just settlement of the refugee problem reached by agreement.
Keywords: UN, Middle East, Resolution 242, 1967, Israel, Six Day War
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