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There's an image going around Facebook, showing Israel's occupied territory over the last few decades:

Isreale 1946-2010

I have seen at least two people (both Christian Zionists) criticize this map as "very biased" because it was created by an anti-semite. My follow-up questions to these critics have gone completely unanswered. Personally, I don't care if it was created by Adolf Hitler himself, if map is accurate.

Is this map accurate? If not, or if there is some sort of room for interpretation, what are its chief failures?

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The apparent interpretation may be biased and there are clear inaccuracies. The entire country was British in 1946 so the map isn't mapping the same definition as the later maps. The 2010 map is clearly wrong as there is no israeli land in gaza since the israeli withdrawal. It also ignores the reason why the UN plan was not the outcome (the arabs invaded and lost the subsequent war on different boundaries). And Israel occupied Sinai in 1967 but handed it back. –  matt_black Nov 24 '12 at 21:17
If the third picture is showing Israel before the 1967 war, shouldn't it be stating that the green areas are Jordan and Egypt? proisraelbaybloggers.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/… –  Andrew Grimm Nov 25 '12 at 2:20
As a more general point, my default assumption about anything I see on facebook is that it's false. The first thing I'd do is ask the author of the image to prove that it's true, rather than for the critics of the image to prove that it's false. –  Andrew Grimm Nov 25 '12 at 2:22
Much better infographic with sources here, as a side note, please see my comments on the answer as the 2010 map seems to be correct (most of the West Bank is actually still under Israeli control)... –  Sklivvz Nov 25 '12 at 2:32
@Flimzy Everyone has their own biases, however, with the maps, there is only a single truth. –  AngryHacker Nov 25 '12 at 7:57
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TL;DR: There are inaccuracies and biases in the map, however it seems to be based on facts.

There is a well sourced infographic, which is very similar.

Loss of land

Cartographic Regression: Good.Is

As a personal note, it is a very well known fact that Israel has annexed more and more lands as a result of political pressure and winning wars. It would be wildly misleading, though, not to mention that Israel was involved in many of these wars as a defending party and that they have been giving back control to the Palestinian National Authority of some of the land.

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Do you have a citation that Gaza is occupied by Israel, as claimed by the infographic at the top of your answer? –  Andrew Grimm Nov 27 '12 at 7:25
Why all the down votes on this answer? Can those who think it's a bad answer explain why, for the benefit of those of us who are trying to understand the situation? –  Flimzy Dec 11 '12 at 22:37
@Flimzy the whole post leaves a nagging feeling of political bias and voting-by-clique (on both sides)... :-( –  Sklivvz Dec 11 '12 at 22:39
@Sklivvz has anyone added any citations that Gaza is occupied by Israel to this answer since my November 27 comment? –  Andrew Grimm Dec 25 '12 at 7:32
@AndrewGrimm it's in the UN documents –  Sklivvz Dec 25 '12 at 13:48
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There are several issues with these maps.

  • Map of 1946. There was no country of Palestine. The entire area was under British control. Source. It might be a better idea to have a map of land owned by Jewish vs Arab hands. I doubt that an accurate map like that exists. Furthermore, 10 miles south of Jerusalem, it's pretty much all desert which is very sparsely populated to this day. So, no, not accurate at all. Source.
  • Map of 1947. This map of the UN partition plan is accurate. Source. However, it never ever came to be, as the nearby Arab states invaded Israel shortly after UN approved the partition (in 1948, iirc). Source.
  • Map of 1967. This map is not accurate at all. It's actually the situation as it was after the war for independence (mentioned above) concluded. Source. Following the six-day war in 1967, Israel actually conquered everything you see on the map (either marked Israel or Palestine), plus the Gaza strip and Sinai peninsula from Egypt (area much larger than Israel). Source. Israel subsequently gave back all land conquered from Egypt. Source 1, Source 2.
  • Map of 2010. The last map is simply absurd as well. First off Gaza is completely in Arab hands, so it should be properly colored. The map of West Bank is simply wrong. Here is the map, according to Wikipedia.
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The 2010 map is actually correct, and it represents Areas A and B (under at least Palestinian civil control). Your statement about Gaza is therefore factually incorrect - see page 26. –  Sklivvz Nov 25 '12 at 2:20
The 1967 is also correct, according to other sources. It is NOT the the map after the war of independence as the Gaza strip was occupied by Egypt and therefore not Israeli until 1967. The map presents as Palestine the occupied territories. This were the commonly accepted borders (see e.g. Darthmouh) - so again, please correct. –  Sklivvz Nov 25 '12 at 2:26
@Sklivvz Re: 2010 map. I am afraid you are wrong. The link you provided is a map of settlements in the West Bank from 2006. I provided a map of who controls what. However, if you look closely, it is essentially the same exact map. As far as you saying that I am incorrect that Gaza is in Arab hands, please refer to the wikipedia link I provided regarding Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in 2006 (marked Source 2). In other words, there isn't a single Israeli in Gaza - it is all in Arab hands. Page 26 of your link is all about West Bank. Thus, my entire statement is 100% correct. –  AngryHacker Nov 25 '12 at 7:48
@Sklivvz Re: 1967 map. I am correct here as well. I assume we are talking about the end of 1967, e.g. after the 6 day war (otherwise what's the point of picking that year). At the end of 1967, Israel was in charge of West Bank, Gaza and Sinai. As per the 2nd source in the "Map of 1967" bullet point. In fact, compare the 1948 map from the infographic you provided (awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1110/cartographic-regression/…) with the 1967 map in the question. It is the same map! Thus, I am correct here. –  AngryHacker Nov 25 '12 at 7:55
The 1947 map provided shows Gaza in the hands of Egypt. The 1967 map provided has the same shape but shows Gaza controlled by Israel. Please try to fix your answer based on what the facts are - you can't show a 2007 map for 2010 for example! Wikipedia is not considered reputable enough here to sustain an answer. In general, please refer to reputable, ideally neutral organisations, such as the UNO or to history books. Avoid the military. I am only trying to help you make your answer acceptable to our standards. –  Sklivvz Nov 25 '12 at 9:16
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