Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz inaugurated the "Adam Interchange" in the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council on Tuesday morning.
The interchange is expected to significantly ease traffic congestion in the area and improve passenger safety. More than NIS 60 million ($16 million) was invested in the construction of the interchange.
As part of the project, which was carried out by Netivei Israel, a level separator was established, enabling continuous and safe traffic on Route 60 and Highway 437, which leads from Jerusalem to Beit El in both directions. At the top of the separator there is a traffic circle that will significantly improve traffic flow for the many road users in the area.
Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the incident at the Ofra junction. "I wish a speedy and complete recovery to all those wounded in the attack, and of course to Shira Ish-Ran and her baby son, who is still struggling for his life, and we all pray from the bottom of our hearts for an improvement in his condition.
"This act of terror, like others, shows the depth of our enemies' hatred of us, the Jews and the Israelis. They have no moral inhibitions when they come to harm innocents. We will pursue those responsible for the attack and make them pay the price.
“We will show that their desire to uproot us from our land will it a brick wall. They want to uproot us from here, but they won’t. As long as I am the prime minister of Israel, not a single Jew will be uprooted from his home, and not only will they not be uprooted from their homes, they will build their homes and add to them."
Netanyahu emphasized that "here in this place were our ancestors thousands of years ago - names like Geva Binyamin, Michmash, Ofra and Anatot take us straight to the days of the Bible. These are places that are at the heart of our history three thousand years ago, the Kingdom of Saul and then the Kingdom of Judah. These places come straight from the Bible, the heart of our homeland, and we will continue to strengthen settlement in it.”
"That's what we are doing today. We are opening a new interchange, which of course brings a tremendous message to the residents of the area because the Adam-Hizma ridge, which burdened drivers daily, is changing its face. This allows for a significant easing of traffic congestion from Jerusalem and to Jerusalem.
The Prime Minister made it clear that "we are not stopping here, we will complete the construction of bypass roads, widening lanes, improving infrastructures. There is a dual aspect here, both transportation and security combined. We make one more big connection - we connect the country geographically, but we also connect the present with the future. On this day and in this place we do something else, we connect the present with the past.”
"Our forefathers have walked here in this landscape, in these valleys and mountains, the greatest dramas in the history of our people and humanity have taken place here, and so we are connecting our past to our future, and that is a great privilege.
"Our generation has a huge privilege: Our parents’ generation returned what was lost and we promise that what has been returned will be for all future generations, will live forever and will ensure the eternity of Israel," Netanyahu said.