Hevel Eilot Regional Council
Hevel Eilot Regional Council is a regional council
Regional council (Israel)
Regional councils are one of the three types of local government entities found in Israel, with the other two being cities and local councils. As of 2003, there were 53 regional councils in Israel, usually responsible for governing a number of settlements spread across rural areas...

 in the South District
South District (Israel)
The Southern District is one of Israel's six administrative districts, and is the largest in terms of land area as well as the most sparsely populated. It covers most of the Negev desert, as well as the Arabah valley. The population of the Southern District is 1,002,400. It is 86% Jewish and 14%...

 of Israel
The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic located in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea...

, near the city of Eilat. It is the southernmost regional council in Israel.

Only about 3,300 people live in the council in twelve communities. Its area is about 2.2 million dunam
A dunam or dönüm, dunum, donum, dynym, dulum was a non-SI unit of land area used in the Ottoman Empire and representing the amount of land that can be plowed in a day; its value varied from 900–2500 m²...

s. The major city of the region, Eilat, governs itself as a city council and is not included in the regional council.


The jurisdiction of Hevel Eilot Regional Council is covered by the following borders:
  • North: Central Arava Regional Council
    Central Arava Regional Council
    The Central Arava Regional Council is a Regional Council in the South District of Israel.It encompasses 7 or 8 settlements near the eastern border of Israel, south of the Dead Sea...

  • East: Jordan
    Jordan , officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan , Al-Mamlaka al-Urduniyya al-Hashemiyya) is a kingdom on the East Bank of the River Jordan. The country borders Saudi Arabia to the east and south-east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north and the West Bank and Israel to the west, sharing...

  • South: Eilat
  • West: Egypt
    Egypt , officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, Arabic: , is a country mainly in North Africa, with the Sinai Peninsula forming a land bridge in Southwest Asia. Egypt is thus a transcontinental country, and a major power in Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East and the Muslim world...

     and the central Negev
    The Negev is a desert and semidesert region of southern Israel. The Arabs, including the native Bedouin population of the region, refer to the desert as al-Naqab. The origin of the word Neghebh is from the Hebrew root denoting 'dry'...

Hevel Eilot is a region of arid desert. There is little precipitation in the winter, and summer temperatures rise above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). The flora and fauna are typical for the desert.

Timna Park is a nature reserve that covers a large area in the region.

The region, which is far away from central Israel, is not connected to the national water supply system. Instead, the drinking and irrigation water is derived from desalination
Desalination, desalinization, or desalinisation refers to any of several processes that remove some amount of salt and other minerals from saline water...

 of water from the Red Sea
Red Sea
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Communities in the council

There are 12 communities in the council: 10 kibbutz
A kibbutz is a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. Today, farming has been partly supplanted by other economic branches, including industrial plants and high-tech enterprises. Kibbutzim began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism...

im and two communal settlements
Communal settlement (Israel)
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  • Eilot (אילות)
  • Elifaz (אליפז)
  • Grofit
    Grofit ) is a kibbutz near Eilat in the Arabah region in the far south of Israel. It falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Eilot Regional Council.-History:...

  • Ketura
    Ketura (Kibbutz)
    Ketura is a kibbutz north of Eilat in the Arabah rift valley. "Ketura" is the name of a hill nearby and the name of the second wife of Abraham . It has approximately 130 members and 150 children...

  • Lotan
    Lotan (kibbutz)
    Lotan is a Reform kibbutz in the Arabah Valley in the Negev desert in southern Israel. It was founded in 1983 as Yahel Bet by twenty Israeli and twenty American youths. The current name derives from "one of the sons of Seir". The kibbutz currently serves as location for eco-tourism and...

  • Neot Smadar
    Neot Smadar
    Neot Semadar , formerly Shizafon , is a kibbutz located in the Arava in southern Israel. it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Eilot Regional Council.-History:...

     (נאות סמדר)
  • Neve Harif
    Neve Harif
    Neve Harif is a kibbutz in southern Israel. Located in the Arabah valley near Eilat, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Eilot Regional Council. In 2008 it had a population of 127.-History:...

     (נווה חריף)
  • Samar
    Samar (kibbutz)
    Samar is a kibbutz in the Arabah valley in the far south of Israel. Located near Eilat, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Eilot Regional Council.-History:...

  • Yotvata
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  • Yahel
    Yahel (kibbutz)
    Yahel is a Reform kibbutz in the Arava or Arabah in the Negev desert in the southern part Israel, 60 miles from the city of Eilat. It is the first kibbutz founded by the Reform movement.The name of the kibbutz is symbolic and means " will put up a tent"...


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