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Road Trips in Israel and Palestine (Part Four) - The Wall

Jerusalem and Bethlehem are just a few kilometers apart. However, access between the two is limited by the fact that Bethlehem is under Palestinian control. For this reason, taking a local bus is the cheapest and most popular way for visitors to travel to the city of Jesus’s birth.

Our bus runs from the Arabic Bus Station at the Damacus Gate in East Jerusalem via Beit Jala to Bethlehem.




Totally different traffic situations in East Jerusalem. They are surprisingly quite close to each other.




The monstrous wall on Hwy 60, the West Bank’s main Jerusalem-Hebron highway.








An Israeli military checkpoint stands on the road connecting the two locations. Passports must be carried at all times.






The Hwy 60 viaduct at Beit Jala seen from above.


As one approaches the border crossing, he/she won't miss the huge warning sign for Israeli citizens entering into the West Bank.


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Road Trips in Israel and Palestine (Part Five) - The Coastal Highway

Highway 2 connects the Greater Tel Aviv Area and the city of Haifa in the north. Since it runs along Israel's entire coastal plain of the Mediterranean Sea, so the highway is also called The Coastal Highway.

Hwy 2 is one of the busiest highways in the country, and drivers experience frequent traffic congestion between Hadera and Tel Aviv during rush hours. The northern sections are also congested at times, especially during weekends and holidays, when many Israelis travel north for vacation.


We're leaving Caesarea for Jerusalem via Tel Aviv.






The Mediterranean Sea is just ahead of us.










Herzliyya is known for its robust start-up and entrepreneurial culture. It's also one of Israel's most affluent neighborhoods and home to numerous Embassies, as well as prominent Israeli business people.




We're about to turn left onto Hwy 5 ...








... and after a few kilometers about to turn right onto Hwy 4.




Petah Tikva and Bene Beraq both belong to the Greater Tel Aviv Area, which has a population of more than 3.7 million people and houses about 45% of Israel's whole population. The latter one is one of the poorest and most densely populated cities in Israel, and sixth most densely populated city in the world.












We're approaching the Ben Shemen Interchange, one of the largest and most complex interchanges in the country connecting Hwy 1, Hwy 6, Routes 443 and 444, as well as several local roads.














Hwy 1 leads us all the way to Jerusalem.


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Interesting how that map shows the West Bank as part of Israel. It's like Serbian maps including Kosovo or post-WWII W.German maps including the DDR or even terriories annexed by Poland and USSR.
 

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Interesting how that map shows the West Bank as part of Israel. It's like Serbian maps including Kosovo or post-WWII W.German maps including the DDR or even terriories annexed by Poland and USSR.
As far as i can see, the map shows clear those regions managed by israel or by palestine authorities according to the Oslo treaties.

According to the treaties there are A-Regions (bigger cities) where the palestine authorities are responsible for civil administration AND security; the B-Regions (mostly villages) which are under civil administration of palestine authorities, but under security control of Israel. And there are C-Regions, which are under control of Israel both in civil and security administration.

So the map shows correct in red regions of "A", green regions of "B" and does not show regions of "C"

So the map does show what is fact. Maps of germany, which did not show GDR or other did show a propaganda. This map shows the truth, no matter if s.o. likes it. I guess for the road administration it seems to be useful to show facts ;)
 

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^^ Yes, for practical purposes Area C is part of Israel, although the international community doesn't recognize it. It's like Russian Crimea.
 

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^^ Yes, for practical purposes Area C is part of Israel, although the international community doesn't recognize it. It's like Russian Crimea.
Well, well. There might be a very slight difference i think. Crimea was an undeclared waqr, started by Russia, which occupied it in a tricky way.

As far as i remember the wars in palestine were not started by israel. The Jewish authorities accepted the Division plan of UNO giving them 55% of the territory. The Palestine Authorities did not accept it and started their little war until all the neighbors joined. It seemed clear that Israel could not win, so why accepting treaties? Afterwards Israel controlled 77% of the Territory... and a lot of arab leaders lost their seats or even heads.

The war of 1956 is always said to be an agression of France, GB and Isreal. As far as i remeber the UN regulations see an economic embargo (blockade of canals, trains or roads as an act of war. Despite of that it was a cold war thing, which went wrong, afterwards Egyt asked USSR for help, what should have been hindered. On the israeli-egypt border there were years full of "incidents" since 1948.

The war of 1967 was the same kind of thing, the israelian side started the fire after egypt sent UN-Forces home, blocked the Strait of Tiran and mobilized its army. Again it was a miscalculation. Israel urged a peace treaty, giving back the golan to syria, and sinai to egypt, which was rejected.

In 1973 finally it should have been the great hour of arab nations. By attacking israel on its highest feast (Yom Kippur, Reconcilation Day (no irony)), where no radio and no TV -station was working, it was hard for the israelians to mobolize their army. The country is quite small, so it could have gotten a disaster. But there was no need to ship the tanks to the border, they drove them out of the camps directly, without putting on uniforms. This time Damascus and Amman could have been captured.

Finally 1979 egypt was the first neighbour to make peace, 1994 jordan was the second.

It is necesarry to see, that the arab palestinian people and the refugees especially were often used as political pressure, they were not treated as brethren, almost never. Jorda was the first and only country giving an citizenship to them, beeing half of the population there now (what Yassir Arafat used for trying to kill the king Hussein, afterwards the love was over)

My grandfather flew from Silesia after germany lost the war, so what? Am i an refugee? Palestinians are not guilty as a people for what their leaders did, but they decided wring and payed the price.

A better comparison is, that Ukraine would have attacked Russia over decades openly or hidden, but lost territory each time.

I recent years UN turned against Israel in favor of the Petrodollars of arabian "democracies". The human rights councel condemned Israel 61 times in its periodes from 2006-2015, more than all other countries worldwide combined, including north corea, syria (one might remember the civial war and things like poison gas), and so on. The UN is just crap right now, because it finances school books showing a great palestine and every propaganda. Their will be never any useful palestine state, no going back of the "refugees" and any other stupid claim. Thats it. UN works with majorities, but no matter if 99 out of people say, taht something is true or is right it won't change.
 

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^^ you are right but to waste time arguing about that issue on internet is only costing you :(

Speaking of Jordan, I don't know why this country doesn't actually have the whole Westbank or even the Gaza (in French "Cisjordanie") either. After '48 Jordan had the whole Westbank. Only in 1967 Israel won and controlled the area and it became a "Palestine" again after Jordan abandoned it in 1988.

I don't really understand that issue fully but I think must be related to the Palestinian fighting in/against Jordan (Black September etc etc) and they just wanted away...
 

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Gaza was never part of Jordan (it doesn't even border it). Gaza was part of Egypt before the Israeli occupation in 1967. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, but it still controls its border, sea, and airspace (basically 1 milion people are trapped in a giant lager with Hamas wahabite terrorists inside and Israeli snipers outside, with barely food and medicine).
Gaza is indeed in a state of deep misery, but it is hardly only the fault of Israel and/or Hamas (actually, it is not really possible for Israel to isolate it ceter paribus as Gaza has a border with a third country - Egypt). Anyway, a big issues is the fact that the birthrate in Gaza is insane despite the fairly decent level of education among the population, and the area is already overcrowded as it is. In 1970 it had only some 340.000 people. Now it has 1.8 million. If it had Egypt's birthrate (already very high), it would have only 1.000.000 people today and would be a lot more manageable (as most Gazans are unemployed or underemployed, a smaller population would have not hurt the GDP all that much).

As for the maps, Israeli road maps bought in Israel show the reality as it is. Which IMO is how road maps should always be designed, regardless of politics. E.g. a map including Crimea should show it as part of Russia, with possibly a note warning users on the potential legal risks of entering the region without Ukrainian consent. Maps should reflect the practical experience of travel, not political pipe dreams. The fact that places such as Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, etc. are not on maps is stupid IMHO.
 

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^^ Egypt also do its contribution in isolating Gaza. The only border crossing between them is almost always closed. Egypt is a secular state that has diplomatic relationships with Israel (although it has a brutal dictatorship), and doesn't want to have ties with islamist Gaza. But Gazan population, including those who don't support the brutal islamic dictatorship of Hamas, is suffering the most because of the isolation and the inability to travel, work and get medical care.
 

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^^ it is true. But what better solution can there be to this situation, just to minimize killing and death?
Even for, e.g. medical issues, the Hamas refuses to let aid enter :lol:
 

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Highway 16

A PPP contract has been signed with Italian consortium Impresa-Pizzarotti to build a 5 kilometer new freeway in Jerusalem, called the "Ariel Sharon Highway", or Highway 16. It will link Highways 1 & 50 on the west side of Jerusalem and contains two tunnels. Construction is planned to start in 2019 with a completion in 2022-2023.

>> https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-franchise-signed-for-new-entry-road-to-jerusalem-1001257998



>> https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/כביש_16_(ירושלים)
 
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