No, the New U.S. Peace Plan Doesn’t Violate UN Resolutions

Feb. 10 2020

In November 1967, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 242, cited in every subsequent peacemaking proposal, calling on Israel to withdraw from “territories occupied in the recent conflict.” The then-U.S. ambassador to the UN Arthur Goldberg has stated—as has his British counterpart, who drafted the resolution—that the text deliberately does not say “the territories” or “all the territories”; in other words, it emphatically did not demand a complete Israeli withdrawal. Thus, writes Evelyn Gordon, the oft-repeated claim that the recent American peace proposal violates UN resolutions is incorrect; to the contrary, it is the first to take Resolution 242 seriously:

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More about: Peace Process, Trump Peace Plan, United Nations, West Bank

Now Is the Time for the Gulf States to Make Peace with Israel

Aug. 11 2020

In the event that Joe Biden wins the upcoming presidential elections, there is a good chance that the U.S. will revert to the Obama-era policy of realignment with Iran, and to distancing itself from traditional Middle Eastern allies like Saudi Arabia. Richard Goldberg argues that Riyadh, along with the United Arab Emirates, can buy itself some security by establishing official relations with Jerusalem:

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More about: Iran, Israel diplomacy, Israel-Arab relations, Joseph Biden, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy, United Arab Emirates