The truth about the West Bank, those 1967 borders and more

Confused about terms relating to Israel such as West Bank, (where and what is the East Bank?) occupied territories (who occupies what?) and the 1967 borders (what about the 1966 borders?)? Danny Ayalon, Israel's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, explains it all to you on a convenient video. In a Jerusalem Post summary about the video, Ayalon "mentions how there was never an Arab state in the West Bank known as "Palestine." "Actually, was there ever [a state of Palestine]?" he then asks. Most people are shocked to discover that the answer is a resounding "No!" Palestine is a 40 year old construct; Palestinians are Arabs who share a culture, a religion, a language with other Arabs in say, Jordan and Egypt.  It talks about how Jordan had "no legal justification" for holding the West Bank following the War of Independence, and how Israel's giving up its claim to the East Bank of the Jordan River, promised under the Balfour Declaration, shows that "I guess you can't say the...(Read Full Post)