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This very depressing version was removed from the article. I am not certain if the anonymous author really believes what has been written or if it is sarcastic commentary. This commentary has been copyedited into a potential stub article.

I think readers would also be grateful if someone could authoratively translate the name of this place or provide some background for the placename's origin. I do not believe the translation given here, considering the context of the article and its location. -- Huttite 07:57, 7 Jun 2005 (EDT)

Done. I've also taken the liberty of renaming the article more phonetically (and will now finally draft a policy for Hebrew in Wikitravel:Romanization. Jpatokal 09:29, 7 Jun 2005 (EDT)

As a long time Petah tikva resident, this description is not very far from reality :) but in fact, there is a little more to see in this sleep town, being the first jewish settlement outside the old cities (jerusalem, tiberias, jaffa, saffad). i may come around some time to write some more. the meaning of the name, btw, is "an opening of hope", from the bible, Hosea 2:15: "And I will give her her vineyards from thernce, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope". --anon.

A few miles east of Tel Aviv lies a sleepy town that doesn't have much to offer called Petah Tikva (translation: "a hole with a hope"). In reality, there is no hope for Petah Tikva, as its initials in English attest: P.T. stands for pitty, which is what P.T. residents feel for themselves. From childhood, teachers try to instill a sense of local patriotism, by telling residents that P.T. was born a few decades before Tel Aviv came to life. In P.T. you can find some of the best medical facilities in the Middle East (including the best and biggest children's hospital "Schneider"). That however is not a voluntary or cheerful reason to come visit P.T. Other than that, you can find two shopping malls (Avnat and Sirkin), a small petting zoo, a dilapidated football stadium, a small museum for human anatomy with a mini annex for "modern art". There is not even one good restaurant to write home about, since the chief Rabbi of this city terrorizes anybody looking for a Kashrut certificate. There are no hotels, except for a somewhat hidden guest house (at Yad Labanim park). There is no nightlife either, and in the day, P.T. is not that pretty. The beach is far away (in Tel Aviv). The road to Tel Aviv is always full of traffic jams. So you can understand why there is pitty in P.T.