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Petza'el is located in the Central West Bank
Coordinates: 32°02′39″N 35°26′32″E / 32.04417°N 35.44222°E / 32.04417; 35.44222Coordinates: 32°02′39″N 35°26′32″E / 32.04417°N 35.44222°E / 32.04417; 35.44222
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
CouncilBik'at HaYarden
RegionWest Bank
AffiliationMoshavim Movement
Founded byMoshavim Movement

Petza'el (Hebrew: פְּצָאֵל‎) is a moshav and Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Located in the center of the Jordan Valley, 34.5 kilometers from the Green line, it falls under the jurisdiction of Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council.[2] In 2019 it had a population of 304.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli and US governments dispute this.[3]


According to ARIJ, in order to construct Petza'el Israel confiscated land from two Palestinian villages:

• 1,242 dunams from Fasayil[4]

• 176 dunams from Al-Jiftlik[5]

The settlement was established near Ma'ale Efraim in 1970 by former soldiers who were members of the Moshavim Movement. The settlement was initially administered as both a moshav and a kibbutz. In 1975 the settlement moved to a location in the valley where the agricultural fields of the members were located. In recent years, the settlements has absorbed around 30 new families, mostly the children of the founding members.[2][6]


Most of the settlement's residents earn their living from agriculture. The younger members work in both agriculture and other jobs.[2]

In the 2013 the settlement had 3,960 dunams of cultivated land, of which 2,700 dunams was used for date palms, 800 for vineyards, 400 for vegetables (mostly peppers) and 60 for flowers.[2] Most of the agricultural output is designated for export.[7]

Community and civic services[edit]

The settlement operates two kindergartens, several clubs for the members, a synagogue, pool, grocery store and recreation sites. Some of the electricity is created by solar panels in the settlements and some residents also use solar panels for their personal use.[2]


  1. ^ "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "פצאל [Petza'el]". Bik'at HaYarden regional council website.
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  4. ^ Fasayil Village Profile p. 17, ARIJ
  5. ^ Al Jiftlik Village Profile p. 17, ARIJ
  6. ^ Hareuveni, Immanuel; Eretz Yisrael Lexicon; Ministry of Education p.796
  7. ^ "פצאל [Petza'el]". Jordan Valley Tourism.