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Gilat is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°19′42.59″N 34°38′59.99″E / 31.3284972°N 34.6499972°E / 31.3284972; 34.6499972Coordinates: 31°19′42.59″N 34°38′59.99″E / 31.3284972°N 34.6499972°E / 31.3284972; 34.6499972
District Southern
Council Merhavim
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1949
Founded by Tunisian immigrants
Population (2015)[1] 1,323

Gilat (Hebrew: גִּילַת‎, lit. Joy) is a moshav in southern Israel. Located in the western Negev desert between Beersheba and Ofakim, it falls under the jurisdiction of Merhavim Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 1,323.[1]


The moshav was founded in 1949 by immigrants from Tunisia. Its name was taken from the Book of Isaiah 35:2:

It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing.

Notable residents include Aharon Uzan, a government minister between the 1960s and 1980s, and Pini Badash, a former Knesset member.


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016.