Building Mitzpe Ilan, a Young Community on the Seam Line

On Israel’s eastern seam line, a group of young families is in the process of founding the community of Mitzpe Ilan, which is named after Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon.

March 29, 2017 11:44
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Building Mitzpe Ilan, a Young Community on the Seam Line. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)


The community espouses Zionism, pioneership and patriotic values, combined with a concern for the environment. KKL-JNF has enlisted to help the families establish their new community and has prepared the ground for the construction of 111 permanent homes and a security road.

“We regard the establishment of this new community as a mission motivated by love for Israel,” declared Hagay Flamer, one of the founders of Mitzpe Ilan and the current CEO of Menashe Regional Council. 

Mitzpe Ilan is a new community that overlooks the beautiful green landscapes of Nahal Iron, the Coastal Plain and the Jezreel Valley. In 2003 an IDF Nahal outpost was founded at the site. Two years later it was transformed into a civilian community with the arrival of forty-four families from the OR Movement, which promotes community development in the Negev and Galilee

“KKL-JNF has accompanied the community throughout its history, from the construction of the first roads to the Nahal outpost and preparation of plots for temporary dwellings, until now, when we are in the midst of work on the establishment of a permanent community,” explained Yehiel Cohen, Deputy Director of KKL-JNF’s Central Region. 

And, indeed, development is moving ahead apace: around half the plots are ready to be handed over to the residents and the remaining plots are due to be completed by the end of 2016. Work includes preparing the land for building, constructing retaining walls, providing infrastructure and fencing in the plots. 

The residents are currently busy planning their homes and obtaining building permits, and within two years or so, the neighborhood should be ready for them to move in. After eleven years of life in prefabricated homes, they are understandably excited. 

At present forty-eight families live in Mitzpe Ilan. Thanks to the work undertaken by KKL-JNF, the community will soon be able to accommodate 160 families: when the “veterans” move into the permanent homes that will soon be built, the newcomers waiting to join them will take their place in the temporary prefabs. The next stage after that will be expansion to accommodate up to 345 families. 

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