A draft resolution proposed for adoption by the UN Security Council that calls for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank to the pre-1967 lines “without swaps” is now circulating at the UN. This would contravene the principle laid down in Security Council Resolution 242, which was adopted in November 1967, that the withdrawal should be to “secure and recognized borders.” The issue here posed is well discussed in an article published by the Australia/Israel and Jewish Public Affairs Council.
Analysis of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council
When considering interpretations of a historical document like UNSC 242, a natural place to begin would be the stated intent of the drafters themselves. In 2007, The Committee for Accuracy in the Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) assembled a collection of footnoted quotes by the drafters of UNSC 242, starting with then-UK Ambassador to the UN Lord Caradon, then-US Ambassador to the UN Arthur J. Goldberg, then-US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Eugene Rostow, then-British Foreign Secretary Baron George-Brown and then- Senior Adviser on International Law to the United States Mission to the United Nations J. L. Hargrove.Continue Reading …