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Sunday, May 02, 2004

Israel is small and vulnerable

Between the years 1949 and 1967, the Kingdom of Jordan ruled the
Judea/Samaria highlands. Israel's 'waistline' in the Sharon region
was extremely narrow, totaling a mere 15 km (9 mi.) in the area of
Tulkarm and Netanya. These were cease-fire lines rather than
permanent borders, and were considered to be indefensible, especially
in light of the area's topography, which left Israel in the plains while the
Arab armies controlled the dominating high ground.

The Israeli Foreign Minister at that time, Abba Eban, used to describe
these lines as 'Auschwitz boundaries', in order to illustrate the dangers
inherent in their continued use.

These and other maps of Israel can be found at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.