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 • standardMaskiyot
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Maskiot is located in the Northern West Bank
Coordinates: 32°19′2.63″N 35°30′7.92″E / 32.3173972°N 35.5022000°E / 32.3173972; 35.5022000Coordinates: 32°19′2.63″N 35°30′7.92″E / 32.3173972°N 35.5022000°E / 32.3173972; 35.5022000
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
CouncilBik'at HaYarden
RegionWest Bank
Founded byNahal

Maskiot (Hebrew: מַשְׂכִּיּוֹת, lit. Arty Bowls) is an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.[2] Located in the northern Jordan Valley, it falls under the jurisdiction of Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council.[2] In 2018 it had a population of 286.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[3]


It was founded as a Nahal settlement in 1986 and was named after the Bible (Proverbs 25:11): "A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in arty bowls."[4]

In July 2008 it was reportedly close to being expanded. According to Israeli Radio, the expansion was part of a deal between settlers in Israeli Outposts established without the permission of the Israeli Government and the Israeli Defense Ministry.[5] Many of Maskiot's residents are planned to be settlers previously evicted from Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip as part of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza.[6] Twenty housing units will be built for evacuees of Shirat HaYam.[7] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was "deeply concerned" over the new Maskiot plan, whereas the British government said it was "dismayed". A spokesman for US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that the settlement expansion was "not helpful", and "inconsistent with Israel's commitment to the roadmap".[8]


  1. ^ "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b משכיות Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  4. ^ Bitan, Hanna: 1948-1998: Fifty Years of 'Hityashvut': Atlas of Names of Settlements in Israel, Jerusalem 1999, Carta, p.44, ISBN 965-220-423-4 (Hebrew)
  5. ^ W Bank homes 'close to approval' BBC News, 24 July 2008
  6. ^ Weiss, Efrat (September 6, 2009). "New Settlement Being Built in Jordan Valley". Ynetnews. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  7. ^ Glickman, Aviad (September 6, 2009). "Corner-Stone Laying Ceremony for E1 Neighborhood Downgraded". Ynetnews. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  8. ^ Land battle in the Jordan Valley BBC News, 5 August 2008