What was the UN Jarring Mission in 1968-1970?
Dr. Gunnar Jarring, Sweden’s Ambassador to the Soviet Union, was appointed by the United Nations to work with Israel and the Arab states to try toimplement UN Security Council Resolution 242. This was a strange appointment because Jarring remained Ambassador to the Soviet Union, a country which had broken off its diplomatic relations with Israel, making it difficult or impossible for Jarringto do anything that might be viewed as favorable to Israel. Jarring met with parties in the Middle Eastin early 1968, but the Arab states refused direct or even indirect contact with Israeland Jarring was not the man to challenge them.
The failure of the Jarring Mission led the United States to create its ownapproach to Middle East peace, the Rogers Plan.