City I.D. Card
Year established - 1929
Source of name: Netanya is named after the American Zionist philanthropist, Nathan Straus.
In 1928, two of the heads of Bne Binyamin, Oved Ben-Ami and Itamar Ben- Avi traveled to the United States to raise funds and create a settlement in the Sharon Region. They heard about the philanthropist, Nathan Straus.
Ben-Ami and Ben-Avi heard about his numerous donations for Eretz Israel, and they hoped with all their hearts that if they named the settlement after him, the philanthropist would prove generous.
On June 2 of that year, they sent him a telegram, congratulating him on the occasion of his 80th birthday and informed him that they decided to name a settlement after him: "Netanya." The heads of the settlement also saw additional meaning in this name: thanks to the Lord for giving them (Netan-ya, lot. "gift of God") the ability to continue the legacy of the 12 tribes who settled in the Land of Israel, and particularly of the half-tribe of Manasseh, which settled in the region. For them, the Lord designated this barren landscape and commanded them to make it bloom.
Symbol of Netanya:
The Netanya symbol was designed by Jacob Zimberknopf (Zim) in 1951.
The symbol has several components, and in each one you can find a characteristic of the city: the city symbol is a sea daffodil, which grows down the length of the shore. The background of the symbol is the shield, which represents Netanya's security value, and the smokestacks at the top represent the city's well-developed industry. The waves on the right and left of the sea daffodil symbolize the sea, upon whose shores the city is built, and thanks to this natural value, the city became one of Israel's most famous tourist towns. The diamond that appears in the symbol, in the shape of a polished David's shield, is the symbol of Netanya's developed diamond industry, which made Netanya known as the "diamond city." The colors of the symbol are blue and white. The color in the background of the city symbol and Netanya flag is orange, like the color of the oranges that grow in the orchards of the Sharon region.
Municipal jurisdiction of Netanya:
Netanya's jurisdiction covers 7,660 acres. Netanya is upstaged, in terms of size, by 18 large authorities. For the sake of comparison, if we examine the area of the three largest cities, we find that the municipal area of jurisdiction of Tel Aviv-Jaffa is 12,849 acres, Haifa and Rishon Lezion - 14,826, while the municipal area of Jerusalem is 31,135 acres.
The area of Agamim neighborhood is part of the chain of nature reserves, which begins with the Shlulit Hahoref Reserve, continues to the Iris Reserve and the Nachal Poleg Reserve. The neighborhood will grow to include 2,000 residential units and another 500 residential units on the western end. As aforementioned, residents began moving into the neighborhood in 2011.
Annual settling of new immigrants
Mobility of the population
In 2012, according to Ministry of the Interior data, 5,402 new residents moved to Netanya. The city's balance of immigration that year remained positive, at a rate of 0.4. An examination of those who settle in the city yields the following picture: 33.2% of those who settle in the city, settled in the city center. 16.1% settled in Kiryat Hasharon, and another 7.3% settled in Kiryat Nordau.