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The West Bank (Arabic: الضفة الغربية‎{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} aḍ-Ḍiffah l-Ġarbiyyah; Hebrew: הגדה המערבית‎{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, HaGadah HaMa'aravit) or Cisjordan<ref>Israel Defense Forces, Ordinance No. 187, "Ordinance about Interpretation", "The term Region of Yehuda ve-HaŠomron will be identical in meaning, for all purposes, including any legal issue or security legislation, to the term Region of HaGada HaMa'aravit", 17 December 1967, Major General Uzi Narkis, Commander of Central District and IDF Forces in the Region of HaGada HaMa'aravit. Published in Hebrew and Arabic in Collection no. 9 of ordinances for the West Bank, 22 January 1968, p. 368</ref><ref>Dishon (1973) Dishon Record 1968 Published by Shiloah Institute (later the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies) and John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 0-470-21611-5 p 441</ref> is a landlocked territory near the Mediterranean coast of Western Asia, forming the bulk of the Palestinian territories. The West Bank shares boundaries (demarcated by the Jordanian-Israeli armistice of 1949) to the west, north, and south with the state of Israel, and to the east, across the Jordan River, with Jordan. The West Bank also contains a significant section of the western Dead Sea shore.<ref name="CIA"/>

The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, has a land area of 5,640 km2 plus a water area of 220 km2, consisting of the northwest quarter of the Dead Sea.<ref name="CIA">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> It has an estimated population of 2,676,740 (July 2013).<ref name=autogenerated2>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> More than 80%, about 2,100,000,<ref name="CIA"/> are Palestinian Arabs, and approximately 500,000 are Jewish Israelis living in the West Bank,<ref name="CIA"/> including about 192,000 in East Jerusalem,<ref name="haaretz-27July2009">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> in Israeli settlements. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref><ref name=maj>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> The International Court of Justice advisory ruling (2004) concluded that events that came after the 1967 occupation of the West Bank by Israel, including the Jerusalem Law, Israel's peace treaty with Jordan and the Oslo Accords, did not change the status of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) as occupied territory with Israel as the occupying power.<ref name=FD/><ref name=ICJ2004/>


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