As of 2015, maps of Palestine show the capital city of Jerusalem, regional capital cities, cities of significance and other important cities. Maps also show the West Bank, Gaza Strip, the main Palestinian towns located in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and the main Jewish settlements located in the West Bank. There are famous attractions and landmarks indicated on modern maps along with rivers, nearby bodies of water and the highest point in the land.
Over the years, Palestine has been defined and redefined geographically according to the prevailing emotional and geopolitical winds of the day. The Palestinian territories are currently represented as a fragmented collection of geographical entities that are mostly located within the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian National Council declared Palestine independent of Israel on Nov. 15, 1988; subsequent to this declaration, Palestine has been officially recognized as a sovereign state by 134 nations, including Argentina, Brazil, China, India and Saudi Arabia, which are members of the G-20 nations. Russia is the only member of the G-8 nations to officially define Palestine as a sovereign state.
On Nov. 29, 2012, Palestine was officially recognized by the United Nations by becoming a non-member observer state. The Vatican is the only other geographic entity that holds this same status.