Shomron Regional Council ( Hebrew: מועצה אזורית שומרון, Mo'atza Azorit Shomron, English Samaria Regional Council) is an Israeli regional council in the northern West Bank. It provides municipal services for the 30 Israeli settlements in the Samarian hills within its jurisdiction with a total population of about 23,600 people. The council seat is located in Elon Moreh, the offices are located in the Barkan Industrial Park.
The municipal area of the Council spreads across 2,800 square kilometers. Until the fall of 2005 when some of its municipal land was abandoned as part of
Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, the Shomron Regional Council had been the largest Israeli regional council in municipal area.
The head of Shomron Regional Council is
Gershon Mesika, who was elected in November 2007, replacing Benzi Lieberman. [2 ]
Geography [ edit ]
The municipal area of the Council spreads across 2,800 square kilometers, which corresponds to about 10 per cent of the area of the
State of Israel within the Green Line. In municipal area, Shomron Regional Council is among the largest Israeli authorities.
Map of communities of Shomron regional council
The municipal boundaries:
The Council is divided into geographic regions, where each region has its own characteristics:
Northern Shomron region: Hinanit, Hermesh, Tal Menashe, Mevo Dotan, Reihan, Shaked. All the communities are secular, except for Tal Menashe. Population is around 2,000.
Central-Western Shomron: Avnei Hefetz, Barkan, Ma'ale Shomron, Nofim, Sal'it, Einav, Etz Efraim, Peduel, Tzufim, Kiryat Netafim, Revava, Shavei Shomron, Sha'arei Tikva, Yakir: mixed population (secular and religious). Most of the communities are large and well established. If you add to them the Local Authorities in Samaria ( Alfei Menashe, Elkana, Immanuel, Karnei Shomron, Kedumim, Oranit; and the city of Ariel), all of which are located in this region, the Jewish population numbers about 60,000.
Mountain Communities: Elon Moreh, Itamar, Har Brakha, Yitzhar (one block, near Nablus, population about 3,000), and farther south, Kfar Tapuach, Rechelim, Nofei Nehemia and Migdalim, with less than 1000 residents.
Settlements [ edit ]
The largest settlement in the Shomron Regional Council today is
Sha'arei Tikva, numbering more than 1,000 families, and the youngest is Nofei Nehemia, numbering 20 families.
List of settlements [ edit ]
Razed settlements [ edit ]
During the implementation of
Israel's unilateral disengagement plan of August/September 2005, the residents of four of the Shomron Regional Council's settlements were evicted, their residential buildings destroyed, and land abandoned to the Palestinians, including territory outlined in the Oslo Accords as Area 'C' in full Israeli control.
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Coordinates: 32°13′50.62″N 35°19′46.47″E / 32.2307278°N 35.3295750°E