Alfei Menashe (Hebrew: אַלְפֵי מְנַשֶׁה) is an Israeli settlement located in the seam zone on the western edge of the central West Bank. It was granted local council status in 1987. As of 2011, the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics counts 7,423 residents. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.
The town's proximity to the Green Line (less than 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) east) and its similar proximity to the Palestinian Arab town of Qalqilyah has made its inclusion on the Israeli side of the West Bank barrier controversial, especially as the looping nature of the barrier's path forms a quasi-enclave of some Palestinian villages to its south. In September 2005, Israel's Supreme Court ruled that the government must consider re-routing the barrier in this area. Work was begun in the summer of 2009 to construct a new route for the barrier, which will no longer incorporate the Palestinian village of Ras al-Tira (and several other villages) on the Israeli side. The work was finished in 2011. (source: Google Earth)
View from high point of Alfei Menashe, showing the nearness of the separation barrier (right) as of 2006