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ByJOHN BENZAQUEN
August 28, 2014 10:55
The old citrus orchards and vineyards in the city are today housing estates and shopping centers.
Rishon Lezion

When Rishon Lezion became a city in 1950 it had a population of just over 10,000; by 2020 it is expected to reach 315,000.. (photo credit:RISHON LEZION MUNICIPALITY)

Rishon Lezion is Israel’s fourth-largest city, after Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa, with a population of more than 250,000. A large city that covers a total area of 58.7 square kilometers, it is much in demand by families that want to live in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. But now it is a metropolitan area in itself with large shopping centers, a large industrial park, a seashore and attractive recreational facilities.

But despite its size, it has very humble beginnings. Like Petah Tikva, Rehovot and Hadera, it had its beginnings in the agricultural colonies established in what was then Turkish Palestine.

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