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Submitted by Henry Frank (United States), Jul 19, 2012 at 11:00

I regret your use of the term "West Bank." If Judea-Samaria doesn't work for you, at least put "West Bank" in quotes.

Thank you.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I am in agreement with your sensitivity to nomenclature: see my article on this topic at http://www.danielpipes.org/2325/palestinian-word-games.

But the region in question came into political existence as the West Bank of Jordan and so that's the term I use, without quotes. Judea & Samaria only approximates the area defined by the West Bank. Using the term West Bank is not tantamount to adopting the Palestinian narrative but being historically precise.

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