Let's Define "West Bank"

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

Most resource material will provide this basic information regarding the term "West Bank" (not to be confused with Bank Leumi, Mizrahi Bank or Bank Hapoalim, or the Arab Bank for that matter):

West Bank,

Arabic Al-Ḍaffah al-Gharbīyah, Hebrew Ha-Gadah Ha-Maʿaravit

area of the former British-mandated territory of Palestine, west of the Jordan River, from 1949 to 1967 administered by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and after 1967 administered by Israel. The territory is also known within Israel by its biblical names, Judea and Samaria.

Most sources will add that Israel "occupies" the territory.

Many will admit that Jordan "annexed" it but will not use "occupied" and rarely describe that as an "illegal occupation", unlike when referring to Israel's legal status, except US President Obama who prefers "illegitimate" as the adjective.

Jordan formally annexed the West Bank on 24 April 1950. The annexation was regarded as illegal and void by the Arab League and others except, actually, by Great Britain:

His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom have been officially informed by the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan of the union of the Kingdom of Jordan and of that part of Palestine under Jordan occupation and control. The Jordan Government, in this communication, have stated that an Act providing for this union was unanimously adopted on 24th April by the Jordan Assembly, which is composed of representatives of both these territories, and received the Royal Assent on the same day. His Majesty's Government have decided to accord formal recognition to this union. T

...[as to] the frontier between this territory and Israel. This frontier has not yet been finally determined. The existing boundary is the line laid down in the Armistice Agreement signed between Israel and Jordan on 3rd April, 1949, and is subject to any modification which may be agreed upon by the two States under the terms of that Agreement, or of any final settlement which may replace it...

The second point relates to Jerusalem. The part of Palestine which is now united to the Kingdom of Jordan includes a portion of the area defined in the Resolution on the internationalisation of Jerusalem adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 9th December, 1949. His Majesty's Government wish to state that, pending a final determination of the status of this area, they are unable to recognise Jordan sovereignty over any part of it. They do, however, recognise that Jordan exercises de facto authority in the part occupied by her. 

This headline

Don’t Annex the West Bank

appeared in an op-ed published in the NYTimes in 2014.  Not in 1950.  Seems what applies to the Jews, doesn't when Arabs are involved.

Oh, and "West Bank" didn't appear in any of the geographical delineations of the 1947 UN Partition Plan - but Judea and Samaria did!

And did Jordan recognize Israel?

Take a look:


Conclusion is "West Bank" is a fiction, with no real historical basis or other justification.

Don't use it.