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by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Regional Council Emeq ha'Yarden (meaning Jordan Valley) is situated in the valley around the Kinnereth Sea (Sea of Galilee). This area is the cradle of the kibbutz idea with the first kibbutz (Dgania A, 'Mother of the Kibbutzs'). Est. 1949. Pop. 15,000. The unofficial flag is light blue with a blue emblem and no inscription. The emblem showing the Kinnereth sea in a shape of a fort, symbol to the strong resistance of the settlements against the Syrian invation in 1948. The municipal emblem has not been published in the official gazette (Rashumot) and is thus unofficial. Mr. Mordechi Eylon, deputy mayor, wrote me that this was the first Regional Council established in Israel (not counting those that were established already during the Mandate era). He also sent me a desk flag whose background is white. Sources: letter from Mr. Mordechi Eylon, Regional Council deputy mayor, 1 October 2001; desk flag; author's own observation, 2 October 2001.
Dov Gutterman, 16 October 2001