Ma'ale Efrayim (Hebrew: מַעֲלֵה אֶפְרַיִם, eng. Ascent of Ephraim) is an Israeli settlement and local council located along the eastern slopes of the Samarian mountains in the Jordan Valley, within the West Bank. Founded in 1978 and named after the Biblical tribe of Ephraim, situated in this area. The town's municipal status was upgraded to local council in 1981. Over 1,400 people now live in the community. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.
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