Covering an area of 6,020 sq. km, the State of Palestine is a de jure sovereign state, located in Western Asia and comprising of the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. As observed on the map, the coastal lowlands front the Mediterranean Sea. Mount Nabi Yunis – the highest point is located in the West Bank territory, at an elevation of 3,379ft (1,030m). The lowest point is at the Dead Sea, at (-412m) (-1,352ft).
A wide variety of geographic definitions of Palestine have been used over the centuries, and those definitions have always been emotionally and politically contentious.
On November 15th, 1988, the Palestinian National Council declared independence from the State of Israel.
Currently the "State of Palestine" is officially recognized by the United Nations as a Non-Member Observer State, a status granted on November 29. 2012. The only other geographic entity currently holding this status is the Holy See (Vatican), while Switzerland held the status until 2002.
As of August 2014, 134 nations have officially recognized Palestine as a sovereign state following the Palestinian declaration of independence. Notably, of the G-20 nations,only Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Turkey recognize the declaration of independence. Of the G-8 nations, only Russia officially defines Palestine as a sovereign state.
Many of the historical issues concerning Israelis and Palestinians involve geography and maps. In recent years the fragmented Palestinian Territories are generally located within the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Covering an area of 6,020 sq. km, the State of Palestine is a de jure sovereign state, located in Western Asia and comprising of the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Located to the north of Jerusalem, in the central part of the West Bank is the city of Ramallah – the current administrative center of Palestine.
Palestine (officially, The State of Palestine) is divided into sixteen administrative divisions. In alphabetical order, these divisions are Bethlehem, Deir Al-Balah, Gaza, Hebron, Jenin, Jericho & Al Aghwar, Jerusalem, Khan Yunis, Nablus, North Gaza, Qalqiliya, Rafah, Ramallah & Al-Bireh, Salfit, Tubas, and Tulkarm.
The State of Palestine is a de jure sovereign state, located in Western Asia and comprising of the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It is geographically positioned both in the Northern and Eastern hemispheres of the Earth. The Gaza Strip is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the west; by Egypt on the southwest and by Israel on the east and north. The West Bank is bordered by Israel in the north, south, and west; and by Jordan and the Dead Sea in the east.
Regional Maps: Map of Asia
|Legal Name||Gaza Strip|
|Total Area||360.00 km2|
|Land Area||360.00 km2|
Gaza (incl. Ash Shati Camp) (713,621)
|Currency||<p>see entry for the West Bank</p>|
|GDP Per Capita||$3,198.87|
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