The 's Declaration Of Accepting Un Resolution 242 And 338 Essay

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Although Intifada continued unabated after Jordan’s Declaration, the Palestinians made a significant overture on the Political front. In November 1988, Yaris Arafat renounced terrorism and recognized the State of Israeli on the basis of UN resolutions 242 and 338. After the 1967 war, the UN passed Resolution 242 calling for withdrawal from territories occupied in the recent conflict and Palestinian acceptance of 242 implied acquiescence to the concept of “land for peace” (Farsakh, 2011). Furthermore, the resolution called for the recognition of the “sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every state in the area” suggesting mutual recognition by Israelis and Palestine’s, which officially occurred in 1993.
The implication of Arafat’s declaration of accepting UN Resolution 242 was that Palestinians were no longer seeking to acquire all of Palestine and annihilate Israel, but to achieve independence I the West Bank and Gaza Strip. On 15th November 1988, the Palestinian National Council (PNC) which served as the Palestinian government in exile voted to establish an independent Palestinian State. Despite this Declaration, no meaningful peace process could occur without mutual recognition. Although the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue did not begin in 1988, the door was left ajar for future contacts (Tocci, 2005).
Moreover, another event hastened the peace process. In August of 1990, Iraq’s President Sad am Hussein invaded its tiny neighbour, Kuwait. In

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