Map Methodology




Our Israeli / Palestinian map history identifies the various peoples and powers that inhabited and controlled the land of Palestine and the surrounding areaduring the last 5,000 years. For a more detailed text only history of the region, click here.

Accuracy:

Many of the map demarcations are approximate, and are based upon texts andmaps from scholars in the fields of Near Eastern archaeology, history andlanguages.

Note: There is no single definitive history of the region. Scholars differ regarding the interpretation of the data, therefore, we have tried to incorporate the work of more than one scholar for any given time period.

Time Periods:

Our map history is divided into time periods based upon a "significantchange" in the controlling power(s) of the region.

Each time period contains its own map that can be enlarged for more clarity anddetail.

For perspective, each map includes an overlay of the disputed territories which include the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights.

Disputed Territories:

The West Bank and the Gaza Strip are territories which were delineated at the end of the first Arab/Israeli war in 1949. The Gaza Strip's borders were the armistice lines drawn between Israel and Egypt, and the West Bank's borders were the armistice lines drawn between Israel and Jordan.

Both of these territories as well as the Golan Heights came to be controlled by Israel as a result of the 1967 war. They have been disputed territories ever since. Egypt renounced its claim to the Gaza Strip as a result of the 1979 Egyptian/Israeli peace treaty, and Jordan renounced its claim to the West Bank in 1988 "in deference to the will of the PLO." The present day de facto borders are different than the 1949 armistice lines, and are the result of stalled negotiations between the PLO and Israel which began with the Oslo Accords in 1993.

We have included the borders of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights on our maps because they are and have been an integral reference point throughout the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.