Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz (Likud) dedicated a new road Wednesday to the Cave of the Patriarchs (Cave of Machpela) and Kiryat Arba.
The road is a wider and improved version of Road 3507, which also leads to the military camp near Kiryat Arba, at Givat Haharsina. It is twice as wide as before, with two lanes in each direction. The total investment in the project is estimated at 25 million shekels.
The road is called Derech Habanim, the Road of the Sons, and is named for the 12 Jews who were killed there in a terror attack in 2002.
"About half a million visitors visit the Cave of Machpela every year," said Minister Katz at the dedication ceremony. "For them and for the area's residents and soldiers, this is a security project that directly influences the quality of life."
"The Road of the Sons in the City of the Forefathers which we are dedicating here today connects us to the roots of our existence as the Jewish people in the Land of Israel," Katz added. "We strengthen the bond and deepen the roots and give a clear answer to Abu Mazen today – our home is in Hevron and we will not give it up."
"This is where the Jewish settlement of the Land of Israel began, 3,700 years ago, and this is where we will always be," he said.
The renewed road is 2.5 kilometers long. It was previously deemed very unsafe and now has safety railings, among other improvements. The Harsina Junction has been turned into a roundabout.