The Israel Coastal Plain stretches from the Lebanese border in the north to Gaza (Aza in Hebrew) to the south, runs parallel to the Mediterranean Sea and is composed of a sandy shoreline, bordered by stretches of fertile farmland extending up to 40 km. (25 miles) inland. More than half of the countries roughly 8 million residents live in this area and it includes the countries major urban centers like Tel Aviv, as well as, a large portion of industry and agriculture. Zichron Yaakov sits almost in the center of this region at the northern edge of the Sharon (commonly referred to as the Merkaz) and at the southern edge of the Carmel Beach region (Hof Hacarmel in Hebrew.
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