The occupied territories? Or is it the administered, held or liberated territories? Is it the West Bank, Judea and Samaria, or maybe even Judea and Ephraim? The exact name by which to refer to the territories newly occupied by the IDF in the war was already a subject of intense discussion in the early months of the occupation.
In August 1967, members of the Governmental Naming Committee demanded to replace the moniker “West Bank”, because it was “unsuitable, both linguistically and politically”. The director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggested “Nablus-Hebron Region”. Biblical scholar, Prof. Chaim Gavrihyahu suggested that historically, “Judea and Ephraim” was a more accurate name (the government rejected a proposition to that effect). Col. Shlomo Gazit suggested a distinction between a name for legal purposes and a name for propaganda purposes. In the Knesset, the Constitution Law and Justice Committee invited Military Advocate General, Col. Meir Shamgar, to speak about the conversations inside the military about the proper name for the territories.