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West Bank Defense Forces 1996

    The Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements ("the DOP"), signed in Washington on 13 September 1993, provides for a transitional period not exceeding five years of Palestinian interim self-government in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Under the DOP, final status negotiations are to begin no later than the beginning of the third year of the transitional period.

    • Location:
      Middle East, west of Jordan

    • Map references:
      Middle East

    • Area:

        total area:
        5,860 sq km

        land area:
        5,640 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly larger than Delaware

        includes West Bank, Latrun Salient, and the northwest quarter of the Dead Sea, but excludes Mt. Scopus; East Jerusalem and Jerusalem No Man's Land are also included only as a means of depicting the entire area occupied by Israel in 1967

    • Land boundaries:
      total 404 km, Israel 307 km, Jordan 97 km

    • Coastline:
      0 km (landlocked)

    • Maritime claims:
      none; landlocked

    • International disputes:
      West Bank and Gaza Strip are Israeli occupied with interim status subject to Israeli/Palestinian negotiations - final status to be determined

    • Climate:
      temperate, temperature and precipitation vary with altitude, warm to hot summers, cool to mild winters

    • Terrain:
      mostly rugged dissected upland, some vegetation in west, but barren in east

    • Natural resources:

    • Land use:

        arable land:

        permanent crops:

        meadows and pastures:

        forest and woodland:


    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:

        natural hazards:

        international agreements:

    • Note:
      landlocked; highlands are main recharge area for Israel's coastal aquifers; there are 199 Jewish settlements and civilian land use sites in the West Bank and 25 in East Jerusalem (August 1994 est.)

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