Why would Carter, who knows
all the nuances associated with
Resolution 242, change the word-
ing? Contextural explanations are
1.The notion that Israel must
withdraw from the territories it
took in the 1967 war is an outcome
he fervently believes must emerge
from negotiations. This is a pre-
scription, not an adherence to the
In the appendix of his book,
where Resolution 242 is found, the
word must does not appear; the
accurate text is found. He gives the
reader two views of what is accurate
— or he gives two readers different
views of what is accurate.
2.He truly believes that negotia-
tions should not commence until
Israel has left all the territories.
Instead of land for peace or land for
security, it would be land for nego-
tiations. Carter is a fervent believer
in negotiations, so including the
word must is contradictory to his
3.The chances of changing
Resolution 242 or removing it as
the basis for negotiations are slim,
but in merely writing that must is
intrinsic to negotiations, Carter
causes those supporters of Israel to
feel uneasy and some Arabs to feel
This is not the first time that
Carter mandated Israeli withdrawal.
Under the title "Colonization of
Palestine Precludes Peace" on
March 9, after he monitored the
January 2006 Palestinian elec-
tions, Carter wrote: "The unwav-
ering U.S. position since Dwight
Eisenhower's administration has
been that Israel's borders coincide
with those established in 1949, and,
since 1967, the universally adopted
U.N. Resolution 242 has mandated
Israel's withdrawal from the occu-
His mistaken quote was eagerly
cited on a Pakistani Internet site on
March 12 as the formula for nego-
tiations. What he invented in March
he affirmed in his book. I I
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