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Netanya (Israel)

Iriyat Netanya, Municipality of Netanya

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[Municipality of Netanya (Israel)]
image by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Coat-of-arms adopted 22nd October 1959

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Netanya is situated on the seashore between Tel Aviv and Hadera. It is the major city in the Sharon region, once nicknamed City of Diamonds after the many diamond-cut factories in this town. It was established 1928 and named after the philantrop Nathan Strauss. It has 175,000 inh.
The unofficial flag is orange with the emblem in blue, proportions 2:3. The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot, Yalkut HaPirsumim), YP 706, 22 October 1959.
From the book Netanya: A Story of a City, sent to me by the municipality (my translation):

Netanya's municipal emblem was designed by Ya'akov Tzimberknopf (Tzim) in 1951. Each component of the emblem shows some characteristic of the city:

  • The symbol of the city is the flower Havatzelet HaSharon [Sharon lilly?] flourishing along the seashore cliff.
  • The emblem's background is a shield, symbolizing Netanya's defensive value.
  • The smoke chimneys at the top of the emblem symbolize the developed industry in the city.
  • The sea waves, right and left of the flower, symbolize the sea in whose shores the city is situated, and thanks to whose natural value it became one of the most famous touristic cities in the country.
  • The diamond, appearing in the shape of polished Magen David is a symbol of the developed diamond industry in Netanya, which provided the city with the title City of Diamonds.

The colours of the emblem are blue and white. The background colour to the city emblem and flag is orange, the color of the oranges growing in the Sharon region citrus plants.

Sources: letter from Ms. Mira Asaf, City Archives Manager, 4 September 2001.
Dov Gutterman
, 27 September 2001

Havatzelet HaSharon is the 'Rose of Sharon' in English, as in Song of Solomon 2:1.
Dean R. Mc Gee
, 27 September 2001

The flower of Havatzelet HaSharon is really Havatzelet HaHof (pancratium maritimum).
Emblem appeared on stamp issued 9 July 1969. Its description at municipal site is quite the same as above.
More information on Netanya at Netanya heritage site.
Dov Gutterman, 29 May 2005

The Emblem

[Municipality of Netanya (Israel)]
image from wikipedia