Local council (Israel)

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Local councils (plural: מוֹעָצוֹת מְקוֹמִיּוֹתMo'atzot Mekomiot [1] / singular: מוֹעָצָה מְקוֹמִיתMo'atza Mekomit [2] ) are one of the three types of local government found in Israel, the other two being cities and regional councils. There are 124 local councils in Israel. [3]


Local councils should not be confused with local committees, which are lower-level administrative entities.


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. [4] [5] In general this applies to all settlements of over 2,000 people. [5]

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 a regional council despite having achieved the criteria for a local one. Local councils also have an important role in town planning. [4]

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. [6]

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  1. https://milog.co.il/מוֹעָצוֹת מְקוֹמִיּוֹת
  2. https://milog.co.il/מוֹעָצָה מְקוֹמִית
  3. "הרשויות המקומיות בישראל 2017". www.cbs.gov.il (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  4. 1 2 Mahler, Gregory S. Politics and Government in Israel: The Maturation of a Modern State. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 229.
  5. 1 2 Troen, Selwyn Ilan; Noah Lucas. Israel: The First Decade of Independence. SUNY Press. p. 496.
  6. Union of Local Authorities in Israel Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine