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Petah Tiqwa(pĕtä` tēk`vä), town (1994 pop. 152,000), W central Israel. Its industries produce textiles, plastics, processed foods, tires and other rubber products, and soap. There are extensive citrus groves on the outskirts, and building stone is quarried nearby. Petah Tiqwa was founded in 1878 as the first modern Jewish agricultural settlement in Palestine; it has grown to become one of Israel's most populous towns.
a city in Israel’s Central District, 12 km east of Tel Aviv. Population, 83,200 (1972). Petah Tiqwa is a highway junction and has a railroad station. The center of a region of citrus plantations, it also has machine-building, textile, and metalworking plants. Other enterprises process food and condiments and manufacture soap.