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When does a Guardian contributor think a country in the Middle East is “small”?


A guest post by AKUS

Soumaya Ghannoushi, commenting about the unrest in Tunisia for the Guardian in Exposing the real Tunisia,  wrote:

“Tunisia, that small north African country on the Arab world’s western shores,”

So, to a Muslim writer, how “small” is “small”, I wondered?

Here is some data for Tunisia:

Tunisia

Area:

Total: 163,610 sq km

Land: 155,360 sq km

Water: 8,250 sq km

Area – comparative: slightly larger than Georgia (USA)

Land boundaries: total: 1,424 km

Border countries: Algeria 965 km, Libya 459 km

Coastline: 1,148 km

I thought it would be fun to compare it with the size of another small country in the Middle East:

Israel

Area

Total: 20,770 sq km

Land: 20,330 sq km

Water: 440 sq km

Area – comparative: slightly smaller than New Jersey

Land boundaries: total: 1,017 km

Border countries: Egypt 266 km, Gaza Strip 51 km, Jordan 238 km, Lebanon 79 km, Syria 76 km, West Bank 307 km

Coastline: 273 km

Okay, you might say – what about the occupied territories? I’ll throw them in for you as well, even “East Jerusalem”, which I do not consider occupied territory. According to Wikipedia:

West Bank, 5,879 square kilometers,

East Jerusalem, 70 square kilometers

Golan Heights, 1,150 square kilometers (444 sq mi)

So Israel, about an eighth the size of Tunisia, is what I consider a small country in the Middle East!!

But there’s one dimension in which Israel can almost claim geographical parity with little Tunisia –  the length of those twisting, turning, indefensible Green Line “boundaries” which so many people outside Israel want to be the final borders.

6 replies »

  1. ts ts ts
    modern technology voids the claim of indefensible borders
    no more jobs for boots on the ground the proponents say, drones will do a much better job

    somebody should tell the US, I’ve seen something this morning, that they send even more troops to Afghanistan

  2. “But there’s one dimension in which Israel can almost claim geographical parity with little Tunisia – the length of those twisting, turning, indefensible Green Line “boundaries” which so many people outside Israel want to be the final borders.”

    So how come Israel’s supposedly defensible “separation barrier” is nearly three times as long as the Green Line as it meanders deep into the West Bank to annex settlements such as Ariel, Ma’aleh Adumim and Kiryat Arba?

  3. arkb

    Are you seriously suggesting that the citizens of Israel should have put the responsibility for their safety in the expert hands of Btselem?
    This is what can be called “reckless stupidity” – reminds me of the Israeli spy-vultures and Mossad sharks..