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West Bank

2.4 km (1.5 miles) NW of Qibyā, West Bank
Approx. altitude: 207 m (679 ft)
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Antipode: 32°S 145°W

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#2: N32:00:000 / E035:00:000 #3: Tal & Omer next to a local flower #4: Tal and Omer sitting on an old cannon, Tsvika on the left #5: The full hunting party, Ehud, Tal, Omer and Tsvika #6: The starting/ending point of our walk

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  32°N 35°E (visit #2)  

#1: Looking north from the Confluence (where we came from), Tal (right) and Omer (left)

(visited by Tsvi Kuflik, Tal Kuflik, Ehud Ayalon and Omer Ayalon)

17-May-2002 -- This morning was our first day of "Shavuot" Holiday. It was a pleasant day, end of spring, where some flowers can be seen. I got a GPS from a friend and talked my neighbour Ehud Ayalon to join me in hunting this Confluence. Previously, I had tried it about a year ago (after Richard Rutledge talked me into this confluence-hunt business).

We took our kids Tal Kuflik and Omer Ayalon (5 years old) and went hunting for the Confluence. We started at Reut, where we live, a small place next to the town of Modyin, in the middle of the way between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem.

We travelled west on road 443, about 10 miles, then turned right (north) on road 444 and drove about 4 miles, until we got near the town of Shoham. A little after the town we turned back east, on an numbered road, after a while we crossed under a bridge of the new Highway 6 (currently being constructed) and continued on a narrow road, that seems to be on the edge of a military training zone. We followed the road east until we got to a small parking lot, about a mile north-west from the Confluence (there is a picture of the GPS at this point).

At this point we started our walk, up in a valley, heading southeast, on our way we went past an old cannon, where the two boys are pictured. After about an hour we got to the Confluence, on the northern slope of a small hill. The place is right next to the "Green Line" - the 1967 border between Israel and the West Bank (a little west of it, though).

Coordinator's note: Obviously in good faith, the visitor did not give any proof of his evaluation of the border situation. On the contrary, actual boundary data rather indicate that the point is located east of the "Green Line" (see note below).

We took a picture of the GPS at this point, several pictures of the participants, the best is the one where the two kids are standing next to a huge flower ("Alcea setosa" is its formal name), and headed back to our car. It was not an easy trip for the little ones because of the terrain and the low bushes they had to cross, the walking took us about two hours, but it was enjoyable.


 All pictures
#1: Looking north from the Confluence (where we came from), Tal (right) and Omer (left)
#2: N32:00:000 / E035:00:000
#3: Tal & Omer next to a local flower
#4: Tal and Omer sitting on an old cannon, Tsvika on the left
#5: The full hunting party, Ehud, Tal, Omer and Tsvika
#6: The starting/ending point of our walk
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  Notes

A new evaluation of the geographical location of this Confluence (which was formerly indexed among the Confluences in Israel) has been carried out. With respect to very detailed maps of the area in question, as well as coordinate data describing the exact course of the demarcation line between Israel and the West Bank (the so called "Green Line"), the confluence point 32N 35E is most likely located about 136 m east (!) of the demarcation line (here running in nearly exact N-S direction), consequently the point had to be re-indexed within the West Bank territory.

However, this indexing may become revised whenever newer or better data will become available, or political negotiations will happen. The Degree Confluence Project being absolutely un-political, thereby does not intend to anticipate any authoritative boundary definitions. Therefore, this indexing has to be seen solely as a representation of the actually available boundary data.

Considering the local political situation, the DCP strongly advises not to approach this confluence point from either side without permits from the local military and administrative authorities! Any activities in this zone may be perilous!
(GK 230305)