Written in a clear and easy-to-follow style, this revealing text examines the contemporary political geography of the West Bank and Gaza strip.
Descriptive in nature, it documents the changes and developments since 1967 right up to the disengagement from Gaza. The book is supplemented by numerous maps and covers issues including demography, Jewish settlements, water and natural resources, transport infrastructure, planning, partition plans for Jerusalem, settlement policy and the Separation Fence.
One of the first books to tackle this contentious subject from a geographical rather than a political or historical perspective, The West Bank and Gaza Strip will be of huge interest to both undergraduate and graduate students studying the Israel-Palestine question.
Table of Contents
1. The Scope of Geography and Occupation 2. The West Bank – A Jewish-Arab Struggle for Sovereignty 3. Jerusalem – Reunited but Actually Divided 4. The Gaza Strip – From Jewish Bloc-Settlement to Disengagement 5. The Palestinian State 6. Occupation and Delusions
Elisha Efrat is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Tel Aviv University. He has held posts in Israel's Ministry of the Interior as Head of the Department of National and Regional Planning and has written more than 200 articles on Israeli issues. His previous publications include Israel - a Contemporary Geography (1996) and Physical Planning Prospects in Israel during 50 Years of Statehood (1998).