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Yonatan (Hebrew: יוֹנָתָן) is an Israeli settlement, moshav shitufi, located in the central Golan Heights, under the administration of Israel. The settlement is affiliated with the Hapoel HaMizrachi movement, and is under the jurisdiction of Golan Regional Council. Around 350 people live there.
The settlement was founded, together with four other settlements, during the tenure of Yitzhak Rabin as Prime Minister of Israel. The original founding nucleus included people from Yonatan Rosenman's Nahal gar'in. Immediately after the Yom Kippur War the founders decided to name a settlement after him. In 1975 the settlement was started temporarily in the area of the settlement kibbutz Merom Golan, and about a year later it moved to Tel Farj. Only in 1978 did it move to its present-day location.
The present-day location is 570 meters (1,870 ft) above sea level, near Gilgal Refaim and some springs and tributaries. It is about 7 kilometers (4 mi) west of the Israel-Syria border, and a few km southwest of Keshet, which is also a moshav shitufi of the Hapoel HaMizrachi movement.
Residents of the settlement are members of Bnei Akiva. About 350 people live there, including 73 families and 210 children as of 2007.
The economy is based on apple and plum orchards and viniculture. Yonatan also has mango and passiflora orchards in the Beit Tzida Valley; field crops include cotton, corn, wheat, and tomatoes for industry. The community has areas for pasture, chicken coops, and the second-largest dairy herd in Israel (as of 2007), whose milk is delivered to Tnuva. Yonatan also partners with the resort village Kinar on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
- Official website (Hebrew)
- Yonatan Golan Heights (Hebrew)
- מיכה לבנה, גולן - 20 שנה ועוד 2000, משרד הביטחון הוצאה לאור, 1993.
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