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By 1979 WEST BANK (tSRAELI OCCUPIED) o'q: HALAMISH BLOCK :,- ,�----- .. : . ,:-� -:. • /' O & ' O \, ... \ 0 MAALEH ADUMlM BLciCK \ "O .. ,"' I \�---- The Occupation I 33 Israeli settlers had drilled twenty-four artesian wells, seventeen for use by Jordan Valley settlements. Meters have been placed on Arab wells, limits set for amounts allowed, and penalties imposed for violations. Israel proper has diverted some water from the West Bank for use within the pre-1967 borders. A lesser amount is piped from Israel to the West Bank.

Because most of these workers come from the agricultural sector, the area under cultivation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has been reduced by 35 percent. 11 Israeli taking of West Bank and Gaza land has been significant, and it is now estimated that one-third of the total area of the occupied territories has been expropriated, "closed," or otherwise seized for Israeli civilian and military purposes. In the six months prior to the June 1981 election, land seizure and settlement were accelerated.

13 Though Begin's government has given the sharpest expression to the idea of an expanded Israel, including the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, elements of this position can be found in earlier Labor govern­ ments. There has been a recent growth in the Labor Party of those who envision a greater Israel. This represents a serious departure from the policy of Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, who in the early days of the occupation expressed willingness to return almost all the West Bank to Jordanian rule.

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