Disposition of the Land Area of the Palestine Mandate from 1922 to today

In the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the British government, declared that the land mass know as Palestine should become a national homeland for the Jewish people. This plan was agreed to by the League of Nations at the San Remo Conference in 1922 (voted upon and ratified by the League in 1923), and Great Britain was given a mandate, The Palestine Mandate, to ensure that this happened.

The chart below shows what happened to the land promised to the Jews as a homeland.


Size of the Palestine Mandate promised to Israel in 1922 43,000 sq mi
Amount of Palestine Mandate used to form Jordan in 1946 32,500 sq mi
Size of Israel declared by UN in 1948 5,500 sq mi
Size of Israel after the 1949 cease-fire 8,000 sq mi
Size of Yesha* and the Golan Heights 2,500 sq mi
Size of Israel after the 1967 cease-fire 10,500 sq mi

*Yesha is an acronym for Yehuda, Shomron and Azza (Gaza)

This chart shows that more than 75% of the land known as Palestine, promised by the British Government and the League of Nations for the establishment of a Jewish Homeland, was used to create an Arab state (Jordan) and that Israel, with or without the land known as Yesha or the West Bank has only a small fraction of that land.

For comparison with other sources, 1 sq. mi. = 2.78 km2.


Other articles about the land mass of Israel and Palestine:

How Much Land for Peace? - An illuminating article by Dr. Colin Leci.
Geography of Israel-Palestine - The map shown here illustrates clearly the absurdity/stupidity of Israel giving land for peace.


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