To paraphrase the old axiom, there was a time when all roads in Israel led to Tel Aviv. If you wanted to go from Ashkelon, Be'er Sheva or Jerusalem to Netanya, Haifa or Safed, you'd have to spend an extra half hour or more on the road unless you left after the rush-hour motorists had gone to bed. There were simply no highways that bypassed Tel Aviv and its environs.
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