In a bold move to bolster the physical ties between sovereign Israel and the Jewish community of Chevron, Israel is moving forward on a critical bypass road that will expand the major Road 60 artery that links the Gush Etzion junction with Kiryat Arba.
“We’ve been waiting over 15 years for this road,” YESHA chief security officer Shlomo Vaknin said to the Jerusalem Post.
“We are talking about a road that is of extreme importance for the security and safety of the residents,” said Gush Etzion Regional Council head Shlomo Ne’eman. Aside from preventing terrorist attacks, there are also important traffic safety concerns here, he explained.
The roads in Judea and Samaria, such as this one, were laid out over a hundred years ago under the Ottoman Empire and have not changed that much, he said.