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The enduring wisdom of Resolution 242

It’s still the best basis for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By Toby Greene  

An Israeli soldier on guard in the city of Hebron ©MICK TSIKAS/AAP/PA Images

As Israel’s presence in the occupied territories reaches its fiftieth year, now is the time to recall that the internationally agreed framework for ending the occupation has been around almost as long.

On a bracing Wednesday in New York, 22nd November 1967, the UN Security Council approved the 291 words of Resolution 242. It presented two principles in parallel: Israeli territorial withdrawal on the one hand, and recognition of Israel’s right to “live in peace within…

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