Paralysis in the Middle East: How UN Resolution 242 and the Rogers Plan were Intentionally Built Defective

Alexander Russo University of Evansville
Faculty Sponsor(s): Daniel Byrne University of Evansville
United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 (1967) and the Rogers Plan (1969) were intentionally built defective. Specifically, the United States, Israel, and the Arab countries created Resolution 242 to be vague and interpretive. This impractical resolution, however, became the foundation for the American Rogers Plan. The United States and Israel maliciously undermined the Rogers Plan before and after its release. Moreover, Israel abandoned the land-for-peace formula located in Resolution 242. Egypt and Jordan often tried to placate their domestic bases with violent rhetoric, while still making progress toward a peace settlement. On the other hand, the Palestine Liberation Organization detested the Arab states’ willingness to negotiate with the Israeli occupiers. Their rage and frustration manifested in 1970, when Black September occurred in Jordan. Resolution 242 and the Rogers Plan did not fulfill their goal of creating a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. In fact, they were dead on arrival.
Competitive Paper--All Disciplines (includes an Oral Presentation)
Competitive Paper (includes an Oral Presentation)

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09:15 AM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 150