Expanding Israel in maps


June 21, 2013
Sarah Benton


Diagrams from Occupied Palestine

1, Palestine, 1897; 2, 1946, the green patches are enclaves which Jewish immigrants had bought; 3) the UN partition plan, 1947, accepted by the Israelis, rejected by the Palestinians; 4) after the 1948-49 Arab Israeli war, the 1949 armistice leaves 77% of the land in Israeli control; 5) in the 1967 six-day war Israel wins control over Gaza and the Sinai peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank from Jordan and the Golan heights from Syria and East Jerusalem. 6) in 2005, Israel withdraws from Gaza; the IDF has periodically bombarded Gaza since, most notably in the 2008-9 Operation Cast Lead and has mantained control over Gaza’s borders since Hamas took sole control in 2006. It has pursued a policy of aggressive and illegal settlements in the West Bank.

The Oslo Accords (Declaration of Principles, 1993) divided the West Bank into Areas A, B and C. Israel controls Area C which is where all the Israeli settlements have been established.

Map by The Economist

Golan Heights

UNDOF: The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force. Austria – which contributes about one-third of UNDOF’s troops – announced on 6 June 2013 it was withdrawing them because of the spill-over of fighting from Syria.

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