New 'Roadmap': Separate Highways

Following Tuesday's gun attack, Avi Roeh says such terror events can only be prevented if Jews and Arabs do not share the same highways.

Gil Ronen ,

Avi Roeh
Avi Roeh
Israel news photo: file

The way to prevent terror acts like the shooting ambush Tuesday is to prevent Jews and Arabs from using the same roads, Binyamin Regional Council Head Avi Roeh said Wednesday.

Speaking with Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Roeh said that the residents of Judea and Samaria cannot continue to “live on miracles.”

"Miraculously, the terror attack ended as it did, but this is already the fourth attack this year,” he said. “The most serious attack was about a year ago, when Moshe Avitan of Shvut Rachel was seriously wounded when terrorists fired from a moving car at the car in which he sat with his wife near the community of Kochav HaShachar in Binyamin. It's unacceptable that the Jews in the Land of Israel are unable to drive safely on our roads.”

Roeh noted that all of this year's shooting attacks occurred in one area: “The three other terror events were in the area of Gush Shilo, on the Allon Road and on Highway 60 between Ofra and Givat Assaf, so that all of the recent attacks were in the northern part of eastern Binyamin,” he said. 

Reverse the policy
Roeh's solution to the situation is to reverse the government's policy of concessions to the Arabs. “The only answer is to build and build, as much as possible,” he explained. “The more we deepen our hold, the more we will increase our security. At the same time we will demand that the Defense Minister bring back the roadblocks.” According to Roeh, the removal of roadblocks has made it possible for Arab cars to use previously sealed-off dirt roads to burst into the larger roads, or use them for escape after an attack.

He would like to see a separation between Jews and Arabs on the roads. “My hope is that there will be separation, at least on Highway 60 (the main artery which runs from north to south through Judea and Samaria) and certainly on the roads next to the communities. We cannot accept a situation in which the Palestinians use our roads yet we cannot use theirs. For instance, the Adam-Atarot road in eastern Binyamin, which Jews cannot drive in, as well as other roads in western Binyamin. It is time to have justice so that the terrorists' motivation to carry out attacks is blocked.”