Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin joined Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Mayor Alon Davidi of Sderot, Tuesday, in dedicating Sderot's new railroad station. The first train is scheduled to leave at 4:00 p.m. and reach Tel Aviv before 5:00 p.m. For the next three months, residents of Sderot and a number of other western Negev localities will be able to ride to and from the station for free.
Recalling how he came to live in the missile-ravaged city seven and a half years ago as a sign of solidarity at the invitation of Davidi, who was chairman of the Action Committee for the Security of the Citizens of Sderot, the Likud lawmaker asked who would have believed, at the time, that Sderot would be connected to the center of the country by a new rail line. He said Sderot citizens also deserved affordable housing, employment and living in security. Elkin concluded by saying, "We will do all within our power so that Tel Aviv will be the periphery of Sderot."