The map (click for large version) illustrates the major trade routes passing through Palestine. Notice that they avoid the high country of Lebanon and the Judean and Ephraimite hill country, but follow valleys, plains or the coast.
In the light of this notice the strategic importance of cities like Megiddo, Hazor, etc. that control these routes.
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