|• ISO 259||Meitar|
|• Also spelled||Metar (official)|
|• Type||Local council (from 1987)|
|• Total||16,696 dunams (16.696 km2 or 6.446 sq mi)|
|Name meaning||string (of a tent, reflected in logo)|
Meitar (Hebrew: מֵיתָר) is a small local council north-east of Beersheba, in Israel's Southern District. The town lies on Highway 60 just south of the Green Line on the southern edge of Mount Hebron, alongside the Yatir Forest. Metar is 19 km north of Beer-Sheva and is in between the two Bedouin towns of Hura and Laqiya.
Meitar was founded in 1984.
According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, the population of Meitar was 7,500 at the end of 2014. Its area is 16,696 dunams (~16.7 km²). It is ranked very highly on the Israeli socio-economic scale, with a score of 9/10.
The area drew national attention during the Shai Dromi trial.
The Head of the Council is Avner Ben Gerah and the previous head was Solomon Kohen.
Sports and Pastimes
Metar boasts an impressive Sports Club including 4 swimming pools, a gym and other facilities.
- "Table 3 - Population of Localities Numbering Above 2,000 Residents and Other Rural Population" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Meitar" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
- Psagot elementary school in Meitar
- Amit elementary school in Meitar
- Meitarim High school in Meitar
- Metar Sports Club
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