Resolutions 242 and 338

Definition

The term UN Resolutions 242 and 338 refers to two resolutions approved by the UN Security Council. Resolution 242 was approved after the 1967 war (11/67) while Resolution 338 was approved during the 1973 war (10/73).

Background


UN Resolutions 242 and 338 call for the peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict through territorial compromise. The acceptance of the Resolutions by Arab elements indicates their recognition of Israel.

The political process between Israel and the Arabs - including the 1978 Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt (9/78), the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty (3/79), the Madrid Conference (10/91), the Peace Treaty between Israel and Jordan (10/94), and the structure of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process since 9/93 - is founded on these Resolutions.​

Content of Resolutions

The main articles of UN Security Council Resolution 242 (11/67) call for:​​

  • Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the 1967 war.​

  • Termination of the state of belligerency.​

  • Mutual "acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area, and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force."​

  • Achieving a just settlement of the refugee problem.

Resolution 338 (10/73) reiterates the importance of Resolution 242, and calls upon the sides to begin negotiations with the aim of achieving a just and durable peace.

Tags

Two State Solution, Diaspora Relations, Delegitimization, Partner for Peace, Emergency Management

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Concepts and Terms

National Security

Regional Security

Thus, the addition of the word "the" in the French version implies that Israel is required to withdraw from all the occupied territories.

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