Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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Mail for the Palestinian Authority areas (West Bank and Gaza Strip) is routed through Israel.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Israel - Country information


Local short name form

Official name





International telephone access code

ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code

GRC Country Code


Israel - Number format


(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

Israel - Date formats



Israel - Languages


Israel counts 31 languages. The national languages are Hebrew External (4 510 000 speakers), written in Hebrew script; and Arabic External (about 1 600 000 speakers in 6 different forms), written in Arabic script. A law of July 2018 downgrades Arabic as an official language below Hebrew.

Israel - Personal names and forms of address


The use of forms of address is regarded as pompous, and even in formal correspondence, the first name only is usually used. The exception is with Rabbis, saluted as Rabbi+family name.

If you do wish to use forms of address, use Mar for men and Geveret for women, both followed by the family name.

Names are written in the same order as in the West, given name+family name. Women may take their husband’s family name upon marriage, or hyphenate it to their own family name.

benmeans "son of" and bat "daughter of" (sometimes used with the mother's name).

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Israel - For the attention of


This may be transliterated as Lichvod.

Israel - Company legal forms


Israeli company types include:

   BM/בע"מ(Be'eravon Mugbal) - limited 

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see External

Israel - Example address format



Post for the Palestinian Authority areas should contain the full address in Israeli format, with extra lines containing “Gaza Strip” or “West Bank”, and with the extra line “Via Israel”, in this way:


A trilingual thoroughfare name sign in Tel Aviv-Yafo. Source: WikipediaA trilingual thoroughfare name sign in Tel Aviv-Yafo. Source: Wikipedia

A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Other elements commonly found in address databases


ha-and he- are articles in Hebrew.

Israel - Post office box


The Hebrew word for post office box is Ta Do’ar. This may be found transliterated into Latin script in different ways.

Israel - Postal codes


On 1st February 2013, postal codes in Israel (מיקוד) changed from 5 digits to 7. The first 5 (or 4) digits remain the same. The code has been in use domestically in Israel since May 2012. In 96 localities the new code is unique for each building. For smaller localities a single code covers the whole locality.

They are generally numbered from the north (starting 10) to the south (starting 88), with Jerusalem codes starting with 9. Army unit postal codes commence with a 0.

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Israel - Postal code format graphic


Israel - Postal code format

Israel - Postal code specifics


Israel - Postal code regular expression


Israel - Postal code level of coverage


Place names in Israel


Refer to Exonyms in Israel for full lists of place names in Israel in other languages.

Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at External

Other language place name data can be acquired at External

Israel - Administrative districts


Administrative districts graphic


Israel has 6 districts External (mehozot, singular - mehoz), not used in addresses: Central External, Haifa External, Jerusalem External, Northern External, Southern External, Tel Aviv External.

Telephone numbers in Israel


All Israeli land line area codes (except for mobile services) have a length of 1 digit when called from abroad, and a full number length of 8 digits. Mobile area codes have a length of 2 and a full number length of 9 digits. Mobile numbers have the area codes 50-59.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see External

Every effort is made to keep this resource updated. If you find any errors, or have any questions or requests, please don't hesitate to contact the author.

All information copyright Graham Rhind 2019. Any information used should be acknowledged and referenced.