The Shomron (Samaria) is the safest place in Israel these days, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a dedication ceremony of a new square at the entrance of the Shomron community of Shaarei Tikva and a park and ride terminal at the Shaar Hashomron interchange, Katz said, “In an age where missiles are being fired at Israeli cities, Samaria is the safest place. Those who are talking about establishing entities of one form or another should remember that. If the communities in Samaria didn’t exist, missiles would be fired from here towards Tel Aviv and other cities right now.”
He added that the new park and ride terminal “is an important project because it allows for the increased use of public transportation. The person who worked before me to strengthen public transportation in Judea and Samaria was the Labor party’s Transportation Minister, Ephraim Sneh. This is a place with developed and advanced transportation infrastructure, and we are making our own contribution. We are setting up transportation projects across the country and connecting the different parts of the country.”
The head of the Shomron Regional Council, Gershon Mesika, said during Tuesday’s ceremony, “Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz has improved the infrastructure in Israel and in Judea and Samaria and corrected a decades-old neglect. The square we are inaugurating here today at the entrance to Shaarei Tikva will promote safe driving in the area, and the park and ride terminal will serve the thousands of passengers from local communities who use public transit.
"We are building Judea and Samaria not just for us but for the people of Israel and for future generations,” added Mesika. “I would like to use this opportunity to send, on behalf of the residents of Samaria, a strengthening hug to the Israeli government and the IDF and the security forces that are now at the forefront.”
After the ceremonies, Mesika gave Katz a tour of some of the Shomron communities. During a tour in Shaarei Tikva, Mesika showed Katz that Tel Aviv could be seen clearly, and Katz added, “When you see this scene you also understand the strategic and security importance of the communities in Samaria.”