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Beit El is an Israeli settlement and a local council in the Benjamin region of the central West Bank, within the borders of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. The Orthodox Jewish town is located in the hills north of Jerusalem east of the Palestinian city of al-Bireh, adjacent to Ramallah. In September 1997, Beit El was awarded local council status. The head of the local council is Moshe Rosenbaum. As of 2011, Beit El had a population of 5,808. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this. (via Freebase)