Gilat

Gilat
גִּילַת
Gilat is located in Northwest Negev region of Israel
Gilat
Gilat
Coordinates: 31°19′43″N 34°39′0″E / 31.32861°N 34.65000°E / 31.32861; 34.65000Coordinates: 31°19′43″N 34°39′0″E / 31.32861°N 34.65000°E / 31.32861; 34.65000
CountryIsrael
DistrictSouthern
CouncilMerhavim
AffiliationMoshavim Movement
Founded1949
Founded byTunisian Jews
Population
 (2019)[1]
1,451

Gilat (Hebrew: גִּילַת, lit.'Joy') is a moshav in southern Israel. Located in the western Negev desert between Beersheba and Ofakim, it falls under the jurisdiction of Merhavim Regional Council. In 2019 it had a population of 1,451.[1]

History

The moshav was founded in 1949 by Jewish refugees from an Arab country, Tunisia. Like the names of two other moshavim (Tifrah, Ranen) in the area its name was taken[2] from the Book of Isaiah 35:2:

(The desert,) it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing.

Notable residents include Aharon Uzan, a government minister between the 1960s and 1980s, and Pini Badash, a former Knesset member.

References

  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p. 167, ISBN 965-220-186-3
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