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Local council (Israel)

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Local council (Israel)

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Local councils (Hebrew: מועצה מקומית‎, Mo'atza Mekomit) are one of the three types of local government found in Israel, the other two being cities and regional councils. There are 265 local councils in Israel.[1]


  • History 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Local council status is determined by passing a minimum threshold, enough to justify operations as independent municipal units, although not large enough to be declared a city.[2][3] In general this applies to all settlements of over 2,000 people.[3]

The Israeli Interior Minister has the authority of deciding whether a locality is fit to become a municipal council (a city). The minister is expected to listen to the wishes of the residents of the locality in question, who may wish the locality to remain a local council even after achieving the requirements for a city (e.g. Ramat HaSharon, which did not become a city until 2002 due to its residents wanting to preserve its image as a small town), or a part of an regional council despite having achieved the criteria for a local one. Local councils also have an important role in town planning.[2]

The Union of Local Authorities in Israel (ULAI) is the umbrella organization of local councils in Israel. The union represents the local councils vis a vis the national government. ULAI was established in 1938, under the British Mandate, as the League of Local Councils.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Union of Local Authorities in Israel
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ a b

External links

  • Local Government in Israel. The Knesset Lexicon of Terms. 2009
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