By the summer of 1968, Gunnar Jarring had found persistence to be no guarantee of success. Still, undaunted by his fruitless talks in New York in May and June with the Israeli, Jordanian, Egyptian, and Lebanese ambassadors to the United Nations, the imperturbable Swede set out in July for another tour through Jerusalem, Amman, and Cairo. In September, Jarring was back in New York again talking with Eban, Riad, and Jordanian Foreign Minister Rifai at the opening of the UN General Assembly. The obstacles were maddeningly the same: The two sides were absolutely at odds, both over the meaning of the withdrawal provision of Resolution 242 and over how the resolution should be carried out.