Sharon plain

The northern half of the coastal plain of Israel

HaSharon National Park
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The Plain lies between the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Samarian Hills, 15 km (9.3 mi) to the east. It stretches from Haifa and Mount Carmel in the north to the Yarkon River in the south, at the edge of the present city of Tel Aviv, about 90 km (56 mi).

Parts of the Plain are included in the Haifa, Central, and Tel Aviv Districts of Israel. In 2008, the Sharon Plain was home to 1,131,600 people, 965,300 of them (85.3%) are Jews, and 166,300 (14.6%) are Arabs.

HaSharon National Park
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The Plain of Sharon is mentioned in the Bible (1 Chron. 5:16, 27:29; Isaiah 33:9, 35:2, 65:10), including the famous reference to the enigmatic «Rose of Sharon» (Song of Solomon 2:1). Historically, while some parts of the Sharon plain were very fertile, much of it was swampy and malarial, a condition exacerbated by massive Ottoman deforestation.

Tabor Oak
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Zionist immigrants arrived in the early 20th century, drained much of the swampy land, and populated the region with many settlements. In 2008, it was the most densely populated region of Israel.

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English: Sharon Plain
Hebrew: שרון‎
translit. Sharon

Cities

  • Netanya - the largest city of the plain
  • Herzliya 
  • Hadera 
  • Kfar Saba 
  • Rosh Ha'Ayin 
  • Ra'anana
  • Hod HaSharon 
  • Ramat HaSharon 
  • Tayibe
  • Tira 
  • Qalansawe 

Regional Councils

  • Hefer Valley Regional Council
  • Hof HaSharon Regional Council
  • Lev HaSharon Regional Council
  • Southern Sharon Regional Council