Yoav Regional Council (Hebrew: מועצה אזורית יואב, Mo'atza Azorit Yoav) is a regional council in the South District of Israel. It is located near the cities of Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malakhi and Ashkelon. It was founded in 1952, it covers an area of 230,000 dunams, and its population is about 5,300.
The council is named after Yitzhak Dubnov, who was nicknamed "Yoav", and who fell while defending Negba in the Israeli War of Independence. Operation Yoav and Metzudat Yoav, which is located in the council's area, are also named after him.
The council contains two parts which are not contiguous geographically. The main part is bordered on the north by Nahal Sorek Regional Council, on the west by Be'er Tuvia Regional Council and Shafir Regional Council, on the south by Lakhish Regional Council and Kiryat Gat, and on the east by Matte Yehuda Regional Council. The western portion of the council, which includes the kibbutzim Negba and Sde Yoav, is bordered on the north and east by Shafir Regional Council, on the west by Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, and on the west by Lakhish Regional Council.
Communities in the council
Today the council has 8 kibbutzim, 3 moshavim, a youth village, a communal settlement, and an Arab village. The mayor of the council is Rani Traynin from Beit Nir. He was reelected in November 2007. The government offices are located at Re'em Junction.
- Official website (English) (Hebrew)