Alei Zahav

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Alei Zahav
עֲלֵי זָהָב
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • official Ale Zahav
Alei Zahav is located in the West Bank
Alei Zahav
Alei Zahav
Coordinates: 32°4′18.13″N 35°3′51.26″E / 32.0717028°N 35.0642389°E / 32.0717028; 35.0642389Coordinates: 32°4′18.13″N 35°3′51.26″E / 32.0717028°N 35.0642389°E / 32.0717028; 35.0642389
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Shomron
Region West Bank
Affiliation Mishkei Herut Beitar
Founded 1983
Population (2016)[1] 1,643
Name meaning Golden leaves

Alei Zahav (Hebrew: עֲלֵי זָהָב‬, lit. Golden Leaves) is an Israeli settlement organized as a community settlement located on the western edge of the northern West Bank, about 20 km east of Tel Aviv, and overlooking Israel's main Ben Gurion International Airport. The town, under the administrative municipal government of the Shomron Regional Council, is adjacent to Peduel and Beit Aryeh. In 2016 its population was 1,643.

Israeli outposts are unauthorized in Israeli law, while Israeli settlements are considered illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2] Any settlement on territory taken by military force is illegal. The West Bank was acquired by military force by the IDF in 1967.


Founded in 1983 on territory Israel calls state lands by non-Orthodox Jewish Israelis from the Beitar and Herut movements, the settlement is now home to about 120 families. The town is named after Aliza Begin, the wife of former Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin. The original name of the town had been Yoezer.[citation needed]

It is now expanding into a settlement called Leshem.[citation needed]

Alei Zahav is founded on land which Israel confiscated from the Palestinian town of Deir Ballut.[3]


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Deir Ballut Town Profile, ARIJ, p. 16

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