Palestinian territories

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A map of the West Bank.

The Palestinian territories usually refers to the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Their final status has yet to be determined. The territories were originally part of the Israeli Civil Administration, until the Oslo accords in 1993. They were captured and occupied by Jordan and by Egypt in the late 1940s. Israel captured and occupied the areas in the 1967 Six-Day War.

After the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993, parts of the territories have been governed by the Palestinian Authority. Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority claim East Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel in 1967. In 1980, Israel made a law to include East Jerusalem as part Israel. This has not been recognized by any other country. Part of the West Bank is ruled by the Israeli 'Judea and Samaria Civil Administration'. This has not been recognized by any other country.

Since the Palestinian Declaration of Independence in 1988, about 130 UN Member Nations have recognized the State of Palestine. Israel and the United States have not.

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