Alon Shvut is an Israeli settlement located southwest of Jerusalem, one kilometer northeast of Kfar Etzion, in the West Bank. Established in June 1970 in the heart of the Etzion bloc, Alon Shvut became the prototype for Jewish settlements in the region. It is administered by the Gush Etzion Regional Council and neighbors the settlements of Neve Daniel, Elazar and Efrat. In 2010, Alon Shvut had a population of 700 families. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, although the Israeli government disputes this.