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How Did Israel Obtain The West Bank?

The West Bank:

"The Israeli War of Independence lasted a year, from May 1948 to May 1949. When it ended, Israel found itself with 2,500 more square miles than allotted in the UN partition. But it had lost the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and, with it, the Western Wall...

"In 1950 Jordan annexed the territory it had captured during the war and announced it was reserving the rights of territorial development. In other words, both Egypt and Jordon held the land they had seized by weight of arms - a situation that would prevail until the Arab states tried again, in 1967, to destroy Israel....Jordan held Judea and Samaria (West Bank), and Egypt held the Gaza Strip.

"In the 1967 Six-Day War, the Arabs again failed to destroy Israel and, in the process, lost Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Sinai, and the Golan Heights." [Israel withdrew from the Sinai in 1979, making 7,000 Israelis homeless, and from Gaza Strip in 2005, making 8,000 Israelis homeless - all in an effort to secure peace.]1)


This Map shows Samaria and Judea (The Biblical names for what is commonly referred to as "The West Bank") along with the Gaza Strip in green.

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1). Ellwood McQuaid, in For the Love of Zion, Israel My Glory, a publication of The Friends of Israel, Sept/October 2013 p.35

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