Holiday Rush Felt on Roads Across Country as Israelis Head to Celebrate Passover

Many spend their evening stuck in traffic as they make their way to Seder dinner; White House readies for holiday festivities as well – for fifth straight year.

Heavy traffic registered on major highways across Israel on Monday evening, the eve of Passover, as citizens headed to celebrate the holiday. In anticipation of the rush, traffic police advised drivers to begin their commute early, especially those leaving central Israel for the country's northern and southern parts.

Highway 1 was jammed from Latrun junction to Shoresh junction, in part due to cars stuck on the side of the road. Highway 2's northbound route was gridlocked starting at Yanai interchange. The telltale holiday congestion did not pass over highways 4 and 6, either, with heavy traffic reported primarily on the northbound routes. 

Temperatures from the Galilee down to the Arava Desert ranged between 24 and 28 degrees. The weather was slightly cooler in the Galilee's north, with roughly 20 degrees, and slightly toastier in Eilat, with 31 degrees. Temperatures were expected to climb on Tuesday.

As Israelis attended their Passover festivities, the White House prepared for its own Seder dinner, a tradition started by U.S. President Barack Obama five years ago. This year, the presidential residence's staff is expected to make use of the traditional Seder plate First Lady Michelle Obama received from Sara Netanyahu, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife.  

Gil Eliahu