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Olesh is located in Israel
Coordinates: 32°19′57″N 34°59′7.43″E / 32.33250°N 34.9853972°E / 32.33250; 34.9853972Coordinates: 32°19′57″N 34°59′7.43″E / 32.33250°N 34.9853972°E / 32.33250; 34.9853972
District Central
Council Hefer Valley
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1951
Founded by Romanian immigrants
Population (2015)[1] 1,067

Olesh (Hebrew: עֹלֶשׁ, עולש‎, lit. Chicory) is a moshav in central Israel. Located in the Sharon plain, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hefer Valley Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 1,067.[1]


The moshav was founded in 1951 by immigrants from Romania on land south of the Arab village of Qaqun, which had been depopulated as a result of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.[2] It was initially named Be'erotayim Bet, but was later renamed Olesh due to the large chicory plants in the area.

In 1953 it absorbed more immigrants from North Africa and in 1965 it took in new residents from Beit She'an. In the late 1990s it doubled in size as part of an expansion plan.


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Benny Morris (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press. pp. xxii, 248, 533. ISBN 978-0521009676.