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Netanya
Hebrew: netanyah
Other spelling: Natanya, Netanyah





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Netanya

Netanya, Israel.
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Netanya, Israel.

Netanya, Israel.
Netanya, Israel.

Netanya, Israel.
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City in south-central Israel with 180,000 inhabitants (2008 estimate), on the Mediterranean Sea.
Netanya is most famous for its traditional industry of diamond cutting and polishing, although the trade is done through the Tel Aviv satellite Ramat Gan. But most are employed by industries producing machineries, textiles, processed food, beverages, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, ruller and plastic products and paper products. Netanya also produces wine and beer. Netanya also benefits from its proximity to the sea and fine city beach, and sees many domestic and international tourists.
Netanya is excellently linked with other urban centres of the country, being on the coastal highway and next to the railways. Tel Aviv is 30 km south and Haifa 60 km north.
Netanya is dominated by its attractive city beach, and it has many gardens and parks next to the sea.
There are practically no Palestinians living in Netanya.

History
1928: Founded by Jewish settlers as a non-collective agricultural settlement, known as a moshav. Netanya is named after the US philanthropist Nathan Straus.
1930's: Immigration of Belgian Jews, establishing diamond cutting and polishing establishments, for which Netanya has since become famous.
1948: After that 3 Palestinian villages nearby are emptied for their inhabitants, they are added to the area of Netanya.
2000's: Netanya is the site of several Palestinian suicide bombers, coming in from the nearby West Bank.




By Tore Kjeilen