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Why Israel has no legal obligation to go back to the 1967 borders

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  After the 1967 Six Day War, in which Israel won Judea, Samaria [Judea and Samaria being the relal name of the "West Bank"], as well as the eastern half of Jerusalem from the Jordanians [who illegally occupied it from the 1948 war], Gaza [illegally occupied by the Egyptians from the 1948 war] and the Sanai [returned ot Egypt in exchange for a peace treaty] from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria, the UN drafted a famous resolution known as Resolution 242, which is seen as the basic framekwork for the land for peace deal that is appealing to the international community. The Arab states, which launched war after war of agression against Israel, selectively interpreted the resolution as Israel going back to the pre-1967 borders with nothing in return. However, the resolution called for Israel to exist in "secure and recognized" borders and, when talking about the idea of Israel giving up the territories, did not use the words "all" or "every". The drafters of the resolution even admitted that those words were not included purposely because they themselves were not even calling for Israel to go back to the pre-1967 borders.  Israel already gave the Sinai Peninsula [91% of the territory Israel won in 1967 which is bigger than Israel itself] ine xchange for a piece of paper that says there will be peace. With Israel leaving 91% of the territory it won in the Six Day War,  plus Israel's territoral concessions during Oslo, plus leaving Gaza in 2005 already shows that, to say the least, Israel more than started to comply with UN resolution 242. To say the least, the territories Israel has is disputed territory. Ever since the British withdrew from the "Palestine" Mandate, Israel has been the only legal sovereign of the territories.

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