Headquarters of the Jerusalem Municipality

A city council (Hebrew: עִירִיָּה, Iriya) is the official designation of a city within Israel's system of local government.

City status may be granted by the Interior Minister to a municipality, usually a local council and whose character is urban, defined as having areas zoned for distinct land use like residential, commercial, and industrial areas.

City mayors and members of the city councils are elected every five years.[1] In 2021, there were 12 Arab city councils in Israel.[2]

See also


  1. ^ System of Government, Israel
  2. ^ Haddad Haj-Yahya, Nasreen (17 March 2021). "Statistical Report on Arab Society in Israel: 2021". Israel Democracy Institute.