- Administrative divisions of the Oslo Accords
Oslo Accordscreated three temporary distinct administrative divisions in the West Bank/ Judea and Samariaand Gaza Stripuntil a final status accord would be established. The areas are not contiguous within each other but rather distributed depending on the different population areas as well as Israeli military requirements.
* Area 'A' - full control of the
Palestinian Authority. This area includes all Palestiniancities and surrounding areas with no Israeli civilian presence. Some Israel Defense Forcesinstallations were redeployed out of these locations prior to the implementation of the accords. This constitutes 2.7% of the land area. cite web | last = Gvirtzman | first = Haim | title = Maps of Israeli Interests in Judea and Samaria Determining the Extent of the Additional Withdrawals | date = February 08, 1998 | url = http://www.biu.ac.il/Besa/books/maps.htm | accessdate = 2008-09-01]
* Area 'B' - Palestinian civil control and Israeli security control. Includes areas of many Palestinian towns and villages and areas with no Israeli presence. These areas constitute 25.1% of the land area.
* Area 'C' - full Israeli control, except over Palestinian civilians. These areas include the Israeli settlements (cities, towns, and villages), land in the vicinity of these localities, most roadways that connected the settlements (and which Israelis are now restricted to) as well as strategic areas described as "security zones". These areas constitute 72.2% of the land area.
The Palestinian side (later to become the
Palestinian National Authority) agreed to ensure free access to a specific list of Jewish religious sites located in Areas 'A' and 'B' as specified in the 1995 Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, [http://www.knesset.gov.il/process/docs/heskemb4_eng.htm Interim Agreement Annex III: Protocol Concerning Civil Affairs] .] but due to the uncertain security situation, the Israel Defense Forceslimits visits by Jews to rare occasions.
In Area 'C', Palestinians were given the right to visit
al-Maghtason the Jordan River.
* [http://www.biu.ac.il/Besa/books/maps.htm "Oslo 2" map]
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