West Bank


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West Bank

A disputed territory in historic Palestine west of the Jordan River, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. A 1994 accord gave the Palestinians limited self-rule and required measured withdrawal of Israeli troops, but implementation of the accord was hampered by continuing violence and the presence of Israeli settlements.

West Bank

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(Placename) the West Bank a semi-autonomous Palestinian region in the Middle East on the W bank of the River Jordan, comprising the hills of Judaea and Samaria and part of Jerusalem: formerly part of Palestine (the entity created by the League of Nations in 1922 and operating until 1948): became part of Jordan after the ceasefire of 1949: occupied by Israel since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. In 1993 a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization provided for the West Bank to become a self-governing Palestinian area; a new Palestinian National Authority assumed control of parts of the territory in 1994–95, but subsequent talks broke down and Israel reoccupied much of this in 2001–02 and continues to maintain most existing Israeli settlements. Pop: 2 676 740 (2013 est). Area: 5879 sq km (2270 sq miles)

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a region in the Middle East, between the W bank of the Jordan River and the E (1949) armistice line of Israel: formerly held by Jordan; occupied in 1967 by Israel; now under partial Palestinian self-rule.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.West Bank - an area between Israel and Jordan on the west bank of the Jordan river; populated largely by Palestinians
Aksa Martyrs Brigades, al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, Martyrs of al-Aqsa - a militant offshoot of al-Fatah that is the newest and strongest and best equipped faction active in the West Bank; responsible for many deadly attacks in Israel in 2002
Israel, State of Israel, Yisrael, Zion, Sion - Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
Nablus - an ancient city in the West Bank to the north of Jerusalem; the home of Jacob in biblical times
Bayt Lahm, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Bethlehem-Judah, Bethlehem - a small town near Jerusalem on the West Bank of the Jordan River; early home of David and regarded as the place where Jesus was born
Jericho - a village in Palestine near the north end of the Dead Sea; in the Old Testament it was the first place taken by the Israelites under Joshua as they entered the Promised Land
Translations
Západní břeh Jordánu
Westjordanland
Länsiranta
Cisgiordania
Västbanken
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In the afternoon of the second day we landed upon the west bank of the river, and, leaving Snider and Thirty-six to guard Victory and the launch, Delcarte, Taylor, and I set out after game.
Scarcely had the horde of Torn passed out of sight down the east edge of the valley ere a party of richly dressed knights, coming from the south by another road along the west bank of the river, crossed over and drew rein before the cottage of Father Claude.
Later she had been warned from this road by word that a strong British patrol had come down the west bank of the Pangani, effected a crossing south of her, and was even then marching on the railway at Tonda.
Authority (PA) in the West Bank led by President Mahmoud Abbas (who also
The West Bank and Gaza lie on either side of Israel.
"Donors do need to act urgently in the face of a serious fiscal crisis facing the PA (Palestinian Authority) in the short term," Mariam Sherman, the World Bank's country director for the West Bank and Gaza Strip, said in a statement.
NABLUS: Occupied West Bank: Around 150 olive trees in the occupied West Bank were cut down overnight in an attack blamed by Palestinians on Jewish settlers.
Transport Ministry spokesman Avner Ovadiah said planning has begun on an extension that would connect Gaza with the city of Ramallah, the West Bank's center of commerce and government.
Israel is concerned that Islamist Palestinian group Hamas might manage to renew its military capacities in the West Bank and is thus preparing for such a possibility, the Jordanian daily AD DUSTOUR reported Tuesday.
Abbas said the orders, which target West Bank residents without proper IDs, amounted to a "provocation," following a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.
In a statement, the army played down any notion of mass deportation, saying the orders simply amended existing Israeli regulations to assure military "judicial oversight" in the extradition of anyone "residing illegally" in the West Bank.
Despite evidence of economic growth in the West Bank, its sustainability remains in question," the Bank said ahead of a donors conference in Madrid.

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