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Regional Council Matte Binyamin (after the biblical tribe, hence the wolf in the emblem) is situated in Judea and Samaria District i.e. the 'C' areas in the West Bank, mainly in Ram'allah subdistrict. It governs 30 settlements with 20,000 inh. Est. 1979. Local Council of Bet Arye, Local Council of Giv'at Ze'ev and Local Council of Har Adar are in this area but not part of the Regional Council. Two more settlements (Bet-El and Qiryat Sefer) are either in process of becoming Local Council's or already proclaimed as such.
The above image is based on the desk flag, so there could be changes when used as a hoisted flag.
Source: photo of the desk flag received from Ralph Phillips, <www.binyamin.org.il>.
Dov Gutterman, 3 November 2001
The emblem of Matte Benyamin has not been formally adopted. Israeli municipalities in areas occupied since 1967 cannot register their emblems. The reason is that those areas are not legally part of Israel and according to international law they are governed by decrees of the military commander of the areas. Many Israeli laws are in force in those municipalities when adopted there by the military commander, but the Symbols/Emblems Protection Act of 1974 is not one of them.
Dov Gutterman, 19 January 2003