In a small town outside Jerusalem, a roadside diner is devoted to all things Elvis Presley. Everything about the Elvis American Diner, located about 12 miles outside Jerusalem, celebrates the performer known to many as simply “the King.” Elvis impersonators perform both on Presley’s birthday and on August 16, the day he died. An amazing collection of Elvis souvenirs is displayed.
The diner is located by the Neve Ilan gas station on Route 4115 from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in Neve Ilan – and near Latrun and the Israeli Arab village of Abu Ghosh. A 12-foot high golden statue of the rock and roll icon stands in front.
Neve Ilan – נְוֵה אִילָן, literally: Oasis of Ilan) is a moshav located west of Jerusalem. The land on which Neve Ilan is located was purchased by the Jewish National Fund from an Arab effendi from Abu Ghosh at the urging of David Ben-Gurion in order to establish a “Kibbutz Army Post” to defend the Jerusalem road.
In the late sixties, the Young Judeans in America [My youth movement:IsraelandYou] sent a group to establish an industrial village. The members arrived in early 1970, and moved into the homes built by the Jewish Agency, with the settlement re-established as a moshav in 1971.