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The border between Israel and the West Bank runs for 355 kilometers, yet it remains hard to find, a green line drawn on a military map in 1949.
This green line – which runs from Galilee in the north to the Judean Desert in the south, slicing through Jerusalem – has served as the basis for all peace plans over the past three decades. It was supposed to have become the border of a future Palestinian state, but it remains an untraceable border.
Since their victory in the Six-Day War in 1967, the Israelis have continually tried to redraw or erase it. They have established dozens of settlements to the east of the line, in the West Bank, and are more numerous than ever in East Jerusalem. The green line does not define the borders of a Palestinian state that remains virtual, but takes on the appearance of some very real military checkpoints that tens of thousands of Palestinians must cross every day to work in Israel. We take a look back on the upheavals over the past half-century in this region, which have made sharing the territory between Israelis and Palestinians impossible.