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Tel Aviv-Yafo (Hebrew תל אביב-יפו; Arabic تل ابيب-يافاTal Abīb-Yāfā) is an Israeli city on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. Tel-Aviv is also part of a major metropolitan area in Israel, known as Gush Dan ("Dan Bloc").

For a period of 8 months (May through December 1948) during Arab blockade of Jerusalem it also served as the temporary de facto capital of Israel. Though Israel subsequently designated Jerusalem to be its capital, that designation was regarded by some countries as a breach of international law and not accepted by them. This includes international state organisations, all of whom continue to regard Tel Aviv as the de jure Israeli capital. However, many countries held their embassies in Jerusalem up until early 1980s, when the Knesset passed the basic law "Jerusalem - Capital of Israel" which defines Jerusalem as the indivisible capital of Israel. This finally led to the moving of most embassies out of Jerusalem to other Israeli cities (among them Tel-Aviv). This act was done as a protest, in co-operation with the UN resolution, and does not imply change in recognition of Israel's capital. The Congress of the United States recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, but the president was given permission to prevent the moving of the US embassy from Tel Aviv.

The name "Tel Aviv" in Hebrew means hill of spring, the title given to the Hebrew translation of Theodor Herzl's book Altneuland or Oldnewland; the name "Tel Aviv" was borrowed by the translator, Nahum Sokolov, from the Book of Ezekiel.

The larger metropolitan area comprises a number of separate municipalities with around 1.1 million people living in the 14 km sprawl along the Mediterranean coast and around 365,000 in Tel Aviv-Yafo itself, making it the second largest city in Israel. Bat Yam, Holon, Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Bnei-Brak, Petah Tikva, Rishon LeZion, Ramat Ha-Sharon and Herzliya are the other major cities in the area known as Gush Dan2.

Tel Aviv history

The settlement in the area of modern Southern Tel Aviv (neighbourhoods of Neve-Shalom and Neve-Tsedek) was started in the 1880s as a substitute for the rather expensive Arab neighbourhoods of Jaffa. However the city of Tel Aviv itself was established only in 1909 as Ahuzat Bayit and was later renamed to Tel Aviv. At its founding, Tel Aviv was intended only to be a suburb, a bedroom community, with the workers commuting to Jaffa. However, a dispute broke out between the Jews of Tel Aviv and the Arabs of Jaffa in 1921 or thereabouts, and this led the denizens of Tel Aviv to create a new central business district. Owing to its proximity to the port of Jaffa, and its status as the first Jewish community that immigrants saw when coming into the country, Tel Aviv quickly grew to become the centre of Israeli urban life, and it remained so until today. In 1950 Tel Aviv and Jaffa were united in a single municipality - Tel Aviv-Yafo.

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