Highway 20, directly linking the northern Jerusalem neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze'ev and Neve Ya'akov to the Jerusalem-Modi'in Highway (Route 443), was dedicated Sunday. The highway allows residents of those neighborhoods and the nearby Arab neighborhoods of Shu'afat and Beit Hanina to bypass the congested French Hill area.
The 2.5-kilometer/1.55-mile highway includes an interchange named after Professor Ben Tzion Netanyahu, the father of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who passed away slightly more than a year ago. The prime minister was in attendance, as was Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Reflecting on the monument to his father, Netanyahu said, "He taught me that our country is a deposit by generations...of Jews who dreamed and prayed and fought and made sacrifices so we could come back to our country and renew our existence here. He taught me that our greatest responsibility is to ensure the state of Israel's security and strengthen its future. This heritage must unite us, every day and every hour, and it is doing so."