Mayor Nissim Malka of Kiryat Shemonah welcomed, Friday, the masses of Israelis who have flocked to the north during the Passover holiday. Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Malka said the city was flowing with visitors but they were not giving up because of the resulting lines. Among the nearby attractions, he pointed at the Manara Cliff, the Hula Valley Nature Reserve, Jewish National Fund forests and Park Hazahav with its hiking trails in the Naftali Mountains.
The mayor himself makes it a point to take part in hikes for experienced hikers, including a group of hundreds of residents who walked in memory of Liran Sa'adia, one of the last casualties of the Second Lebanon War. They walked from the Tel-Chai College to the Manara Cliff. He pointed out that the Nachal Iyon Trail passes through his city. Noting that those who could not find bed-and-breakfast spots were camping, he called on people to come to the north.