Ari"el is a large Israeli settlement located in"Area C" (Israeli managed territory in the West Bank), within the Northern Central region of the Israeli Administered West Bank (Judea and Samaria). It is approximately 25 miles east of Tel-Aviv Yafo and 17 miles east of Petah Tikva. It is beside the Palestinian town of Salfeet/Salfit.
Ari'el (Hebrew: אריאל ARI-EL) is a large Israeli settlement that was established in 1978 as settler community based on the ideas of Revisionist Secular Zionism, in particular the political philosophies of Ze'ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky, a noted early 20th Century Political Zionist Jewish Leader. It quickly grew during the 1980s and became a formative garrison settlement, equidistant between the Mediterranean Sea and the Hashemite Jordanian border, thus providing tactical awareness of the Northern Territory to the Israeli Army, allowing for threats emanating from Nablus and most Palestinian inhabited places of the West Bank to be countered. It today contains around 8,000 Russian Immigrants, many of whom are not Jewish by Jewish religious law. The rest are Israeli and predominantly secular, although more traditional than the coastal secular communities. Around 20% of the town's population are classed as Orthodox Israelis, with minute numbers of Haredim. It is also home to a large public college and an important industrial area called the Barkan, producing many Israeli kosher food exports in particular. The settlement's residential/commercial growth has been slow and relatively unsuccessful, due to its secular nature, low birth rate as well as its alienation from the main economic/cultural/religious life of the Israeli coastal plain. Strategically, along with the presence of a large population of Israeli settlers and the army to guard them, Israeli-only access via checkpoints, curfews and arbitrary military law imposed on the Palestinians, settlements such as Ariel control areas of West Bank overlooking the heavily populated Israeli Central Region. It has a population of 25,000 People, including permanent non-resident students.
Hitchhiking (Tremp), Walking and General Buses.
The usual Israeli fanfare.
Ariel Settlement Website (English and Hebrew): www.ariel.muni.il