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Israel's Story in Maps

he Arab-Israel conflict and the peace process have for decades been a focus for world-wide attention - on the part of the media, academia, political and governmental institutions, NGOs, religious groups, the business world, and the public at large.

With the passage of time, some of Israel's critics have increasingly allowed their approach to the problem to be shaped by myths, slogans, prejudices and lack of knowledge, rather than by solid facts. This has been seen, for example, in matters pertaining to the territories in dispute between Israel and the Palestinians: the historical background is often either unknown or ignored. Moreover, even when dealing with the present situation - the problem of terrorism, regional dangers, and the impact of topography on borders - the context is often not taken into account.

The purpose of this publication is to provide factual and background material through maps and graphs which address key aspects about Israel, the Arab-Israel conflict, and the peace process. This publication does not presume to address all issues, but does address many of them.

It is hoped that through the illustrations and data provided here, a better and more factual understanding - of past events, the present reality, and future opportunities for peace - may be achieved.


Ancient Maps

  The Kingdom of David and Solomon (1077-997 BCE)
 The Herodian Period (30 BCE to 70 CE)
  Jews in the Land of Israel (7th-11th Centuries)


Pre-State Maps                                                                          

 Setting the Southern Border (1906)
 Setting the Northern Border (1916-1923)
  British Mandate
 Separation of Transjordan (1922)
 UN Partition Plan (1947)


Israel's Changing Borders


 Armistice Lines (1949-1967)
  The Frontier with Syria
 Armistice Agreement with Jordan (1949)
  Jewish Communities Lost in the War of Independence
  Jerusalem Before the Six Day War  (1949-1967)

June 1967 - Six Day War

  Events leading to the Six Day War (1967)
 Israel After the Six Day War (June 10, 1967)
  Jerusalem After the Six Day War (1967)
  Old City of Jerusalem

October 1973 - Yom Kippur War
  Yom Kippur War Cease-Fire Lines (October 24, 1973)
 Golan Heights Cease-Fire Lines (October 1973)
 Israel-Syria Disengagement Agreement (May 1974)

Peace with Egypt

 Interim Agreement with Egypt (1975)
 Peace Treaty with Egypt and Sinai edeployment (1980-1982) 
 Israel's Disengagement Plan (2005)


Modern Day Israel

  Israel and the Region
  Judea and Samaria
  Old City of Jerusalem
  Golan Heights


Terror Maps

 1948-1967: Major Terror Attacks
  1967-1993: Major Terror Attacks
  1993-2000: Major Terror Attacks
  2000-2006: Major Terror Attacks 


Threats & Topography

  Regional Threats to Israel
  Samaria Cross-Section
  Golan Heights Cross-Section
  Israel's Narrow Waistline



  Area Comparison in square kilometers / miles
  Population (in millions)
  Population density (people per square kilometer / mile)
  Gross National Product in billions of dollars (year 2000)
  GNP per capita in dollars (year 2000)
  Literacy rate (percentage of population)
  Live birth rate (per 1000 people)
  Armed Forces - Number of Soldiers
  Weaponry Comparisons
  Israel Size Comparisons


See also

Israel within Boundaries and Ceasefire Lines (Carta 2006)
Judea and Samaria showing Palestinian Authority Areas A & B (Carta 2006)
Jerusalem Municipal Area (Carta 2000)
Map of Hebron (Jan 1997)
Israel-Palestinian Interim Agreement Maps (Sept 1995)
Gaza-Jericho Agreement Maps (May 1994)

 External links

Israel Ministry of Tourism maps
Statistical Abstract of Israel 2008: State of Israel - Maps
The Arab Israel Conflict in Maps - Dept for Jewish Zionist Education
Historical Maps and Atlases - Hebrew University Dinur Center
Ancient Maps of Jerusalem - Jewish National Library, Jerusalem
Maps of the Land of Israel, Jewish National Library, Jerusalem
The Anti-Terrorist Fence (MOD, Feb 2007)