Givat Oranim was established after 1948. The area played an important part in the battle for the San Simon monastery during Israel's War of Independence. It is populated by a mix of national religious and secularJews. Large-scale building in 1991 included a project of 78 housing units combining high rise buildings and townhouses.
In this neighborhood there was an attempt to assassinate the left-wing activist, Zeev Sternhell, by putting a bomb on his apartment door.