There is a lot of confusion about the Golan Heights, West Bank [also known as the Judea & Samaria Area], Gaza Strip and Israel shown in the map below. I would like to simply try to explain each area and provide a link to the options for peace in the Gaza strip.
The Gaza Strip
The map below shows the very narrow Gaza Strip bordered on the south by Egypt for 8 miles, on the east and north by Israel for 37 miles, and on the east by the Mediterranean Sea for 25 miles. An area of about 139 square miles has 1.8 million Palestinians or about 13,000 per square mile, a very high density. For source, article click here. Gaza is currently governed by Hamas, a terrorist organization.
This is a link to a paper that “examines the circumstances that make the Gaza dilemma so difficult for Isreal and presents four possible policy options. The paper concludes by recommending the most viable option”. For paper click here.
The Golan Heights
The 1967 War was caused by the Arabs, which blocked the Straits of Tiran from Israel while massing troops next to Israel.
In response, Israel preemptively attacked the Arabs and got the Golan Heights, along with more territory from other nations like the Sinai and the West Bank. See the first map above for Golan Heights location.
A little history is interesting: The Golan Heights was designated as part of the British-controlled Mandate for Palestine, at the San Remo Conference in 1920, when peace with the defunct Ottoman Empire was finalized after World War One. For source, article click here.
The West Bank [also known as the Judea & Samaria Area]
From 1950 until it was occupied by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967, the West Bank was governed as part of Jordan, though it was divided from the Jordanian population of the East Bank by the Jordan River. During the 1967 war, Israel occupied the West Bank and established a military administration throughout the area, except in East Jerusalem, which Israel incorporated into itself, extending Israeli citizenship, law, and civil administration to the area.
In 1988 Jordan’s King Ḥussein renounced all administrative responsibility for the West Bank, thereby severing his country’s remaining connections with the area. For source and more history on the West Bank click here. The West Bank is partially governed by the Palestinian Authority [PA]. See the first map above for West Bank location.
This is an area that has been a battleground for 4,000 years and achieving peace as being discussed today will be difficult if not impossible. However, we know that this land was promised to Abraham about 4,000 years ago and that someday in the future the land promised will all belong to Israel. King David controlled almost all the land promised about 3,000 years ago. Then through the years the amount of land declined until in 70 AD there was no more Israel. Then in May 1948, Israel was reborn. Today Israel including East Jerusalem has a population of 8.8 million in 8,076 sq. miles or 1,090 per sq. mile. For comparison, New Jersey has a population of 9 million in 8,721 sq miles or 1,030 per sq. mile.
The Temple Mount
Currently, at the heart of Jerusalem on the Temple Mount is the Muslim Noble Sanctuary, Al-Haram al-Sharif, enclosing over 35 acres of fountains, gardens, buildings, and domes. At its southernmost end is Al-Aqsa Mosque and at its center the Dome of the Rock. The entire area is regarded as a mosque and comprises nearly one-sixth of the walled city of Jerusalem. For pictures and more information click here.
Please pray for peace for Israel and those Arab nations who support them and for those people and nations who oppose them and want to defeat and replace them.
Henry Luke 7/4/2018