UN Resolution 242 after the Six Day War requires Israel to withdraw to the Green Line

Contrary to what is frequently claimed UN Resolution 242 – after the Six Day War – does not require Israel to withdraw to the Green Line. The drafters of the resolution were very careful with the wording – it deliberately does not call for with Israel to withdraw from all territories taken in the war – it simply says “territories,” meaning that withdrawal would not have to be complete. It, further, calls for “Termination of all…states of belligerency and respect for and 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.” Until Israel receives this, there is no expectation within this resolution that she should withdraw.