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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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While Jesus and His disciples were baptizing in the Judean territory, so did John near Salim on the west bank of the Jordan River.
And from the Jordan River in the east to the eastern slopes of the West Bank of the Jordan Valley in the west.
During the first Arab-Israeli war, Jordan received a large influx of refugees and later annexed the West Bank of the Jordan River - a part of pre-1948 Palestine.
They were ripe for the explosion of Arab nationalism that followed the Second World War and the creation of Israel, a Jewish state forcibly inserted into historical Palestinian territories, later, in 1967, expanded from its 1948 UN-assigned borders to occupy the Arab territories on the West Bank of the Jordan River, previously governed by the Hashemite monarchy in Jordan.
In successive wars, Israel seized all the land allocated to Palestine, mainly the West Bank of the Jordan River and Gaza, now swarming with millions of Palestinian refugees.
The Palestinians claim their right to create a capital in the city for their state, and the international community recognizes East Jerusalem as occupied territory, along with the West Bank of the Jordan River.
It refers to Judea and Samaria by their location on the west bank of the Jordan River and is an attempt by the Arab world to link them to Jordan, although they were originally slated to be part of the state of Israel.
In 1967, Israel committed a silent aggression against Egypt, Syria and the West Bank of the Jordan, seizing the entire Sinai.

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