Tzukim also Zuqim, is a communal settlement
Communal settlement (Israel)
A community settlement is a type of town in Israel. While in an ordinary town anyone may buy property, in a community settlement the town's residents, who are organized in a cooperative, can veto a sale of a house or a business to an undesirable buyer....

 in southern Israel
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. Located in the Arava
Arava can refer to:*Arava, Estonia, a village in Anija Commune, Harju County, Estonia.*Arabah, a section of the Great Rift Valley between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba in Israel and Jordan....

, 8km south of Tzofar
Tzofar is a moshav in southern Israel, near Route 90, about 120 km north of Eilat. It lies south of Sapir and north of Tzukim. It belongs to the Central Arava Regional Council. In 2005 it had a population of about 300. The name derives from the nearby Tzofar stream and is also referring to...

, it falls under jurisdiction of the 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...

. Tzukim was founded in 2001 on land vacated by the Bildad army camp. Bildad also served as a transit point for new settlement in the Arava
The Arabah , also known as Aravah, is a section of the Great Rift Valley running in a north-south orientation between the southern end of the Sea of Galilee down to the Dead Sea and continuing further south where it ends at the Gulf of Aqaba. It includes most of the border between Israel to the...

. The first settlement phase was supposed to begin in 2003, with fifty families. The first settles were people in their 40s from central Israel. Tzukim's economy is supposed to be based on tourism. 200 guest houses are planned here as well as restaurants and spas. As of 2008, twelve rooms have been built and another 70 under construction. 25 families now live in the community on a permanent basis and another 20 are in the final stages of building homes.
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