West Bank

The West Bank is an area located between in the Middle East between Israel and Jordan, to the north of the Dead Sea. It forms the larger half of the semi-autonomous Palestinian Territories, the smaller being the Gaza Strip.

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Jerusalem is the capital and largest city of Israel, though most other countries and the United Nations do not recognize it as Israel's capital.

Bethlehem is a small city located some 10 km south of the Old City of Jerusalem within the West Bank, in an "Area A" zone administered by the Palestinian Authority.

Ramallah is a small city in the Palestinian Territories, located within the West Bank region, some 15 km north of Jerusalem.


The Jerusalem hills is a mountainous region in central Israel which includes the western part of Jerusalem.

Jericho, the "City of Palms", is a small city within the Palestinian Territories close to the northern end of Dead Sea and some 55 km from Jerusalem.

Gush Etzion is a group of Israeli settlements on the West Bank between Bethlehem and Hebron, about 950 meters above the sea level.

Hebron is an ancient city in the southern West Bank. It is the traditional burial place of the Biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their wives.

Jenin is a 4,000-year-old city in the north West Bank now populated by Palestinians.

Ariel is a large Israeli settlement located in "Area C", within the north-central West Bank.

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  • Arabic:  الضفة الغربية
  • Catalan:  Cisjordània
  • French:  Cisjordanie
  • Norwegian:  Vestbredden
  • Swedish:  Västbanken
  • Aḑ Ḑaffah al Gharbīyah

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