It is quite a remarkable achievement for a country of 5.8 million people to maintain their sovereignty amidst such conflict. Israel was re-established in 1948, and the population has steadily grown since. The tiny nation stretches 290 miles from north to south, and 85 miles at its widest.
Maps of PalestineThough a small region, the map of Palestine is littered with different geographical regions. The Coastal Plain runs right off of the Mediterranean coastline. The coast produced few natural harbors.
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Tribal Allotments of Israel
The tribes of Israel derive from the eleven sons of Jacob. Jacob was renamed by God, Israel. The tribes of Galilee are Asher, Issachar, Naphtali, and Zebulun. Twenty cities from Asher were given to Hiram by Solomon, in exchange for laborers and goods for the Temple. Mount Tabor lies on the border of Zebulun, Issachar, and Naphtali. The three tribes shared worship places on and around the mountain. The Trans-jordanian tribes consist of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh. After the defeat of Og (map to the right) and Sihon , the elders of these tribes asked Moses to deed this area to them. Moses complied, on the condition they would continue to support the remaining conquest.
Coastal cities, such as Dor, and the important city of Megiddo, remained in Canaanite hands until the time of David. The map of Palestine was never completely cleared of Canaanite presence throughout the history of Israel.
A quick glance at any map of Palestine will draw one to notice the diversity of the region. Geography varies widely, from the deep River Jordan Valley, to the Western Mountains, stretching to the Coastal Plain. Palestine is also a diverse region ethnically. This diversity has led to much bloodshed over the years, and continues to this day.
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