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Yafit is located in the Central West Bank
Coordinates: 32°3′41.34″N 35°28′26.69″E / 32.0614833°N 35.4740806°E / 32.0614833; 35.4740806Coordinates: 32°3′41.34″N 35°28′26.69″E / 32.0614833°N 35.4740806°E / 32.0614833; 35.4740806
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Bik'at HaYarden
Region West Bank
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1980
Founded by Israeli civilians
Population (2017)[1] 164

Yafit (Hebrew: יַפִית‬, lit. Beautiful) is a moshav shitufi and Israeli settlement in the West Bank.[2] Located in the Jordan Valley, it falls under the jurisdiction of Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council.[2] In 2017 it had a population of 164.

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


Yafit was built in the 1980s on a plot of rocky land in the Jordan Valley by Israelis attracted by the beauty of the desert.[4] It was named after Yossi Yafa, an IDF commander. In 1992 the founders were joined by immigrants from Russia. In the 1990s, it was one of the largest communities in the valley and a cultural and educational center. Due to drive-by shootings by Palestinians on Route 90, which passes the mountain where the New Testament says Jesus was tempted by the devil, many residents have left.[4]


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b http://www.jordanvalley.org.il/page_49305
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b Israelis drawn by beauty flee Jordan valley violence