Idan, Israel

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Idan
עִדָּן, עידן
Recreation area
Recreation area
Idan is located in Israel
Idan
Idan
Coordinates: 30°48′20″N 35°18′1″E / 30.80556°N 35.30028°E / 30.80556; 35.30028Coordinates: 30°48′20″N 35°18′1″E / 30.80556°N 35.30028°E / 30.80556; 35.30028
Council Central Arava
Region Arava
Affiliation Moshavim movement
Founded 1980
Founded by Immigrants from USA, Canada and South Africa
Population (2005) 150

Idan (Hebrew: עִדָּן, also spelled Iddan) is a moshav in Arava region of southern Israel. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Central Arava Regional Council.

History[edit]

The moshav was founded in 1980 by immigrants from Canada, the United States and South Africa, who had organized in 1976. It was named after the nearby Idan Stream, which was in turn named after the Arab name for the stream, Wadi al-Aidan. In 2005, it had a population of 150.[1][2] After the Israel–Jordan peace treaty, some of the lands of Idan were handed over to Jordan.[2]

Location[edit]

Between Idan and Hatzeva is a service road, called Peace Road. The Jewish National Fund paved the Peace Route, along the border between Israel and Jordan, for the benefit of central Arava inhabitants, following the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty of 1994. The road runs along the foot of the Arava Cliffs, opposite the Edom Mountains, and is surrounded by agricultural fields and sandy expanses. A picnic area, lookouts and a trail have been built along the way. The road allows easy access to the eastern part of the Shezaf Nature Reserve.[3]

Road to Idan
KKL peace route

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mapa's concise gazetteer of Israel. Yuval El'azari (ed.). Tel-Aviv: Mapa Publishing. 2005. p. 408. ISBN 965-7184-34-7.  (Hebrew)
  2. ^ a b HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel. Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. p. 730. ISBN 965-448-413-7.  (Hebrew)
  3. ^ "Starry skies and wide open spaces (2 of 2)". Haaretz. Retrieved 2014-01-13.