Netanyahu Inaugurates New Road in West Bank: 'A Festive Day for Samaria'

Netanyahu says road 'is part of an array that we're building across Judea and Samaria'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018.
Alexander Zemlianichenko (AP)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened a new section of a highway in the West Bank on Tuesday. Among those present at the inauguration was Samaria Regional Council Head Yossi Dagan.

"Returning to our homeland - that’s what we’re doing here, in the heart of the Land of Israel ... This is a festive day. It’s a festive day for Samaria, a festive day for the State of Israel," Netanyahu said at the ceremony for the new stretch of Highway 55, that goes around the Palestinian village Nabi Elias.

Palestinian trees being uprooted to build bypass road last yearB'tselem

Netanyahu promised to continue the development of infrastructures in the West Bank. "This bypass is part of an array that we're building across Judea and Samaria. We're connecting the country from north to south and east to west with network of roads, trains and tunnels - not terror tunnels, but life tunnels."

"You measure decisions if they're budgeted and then carried out. They are budgeted and applied with God's help, and yours, and so we'll continue," Netanyahu said, vowing to continue to develop infrastructure across the West Bank.

The road was christened two days after Sunday’s cabinet meeting, in which the legalization of the West Bank outpost of Havat Gilad was not discussed, despite previous declarations by Netanyahu and various ministers that it would be moved forward.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman had initiated efforts to legalize the outpost following the murder of one of its residents, Rabbi Raziel Shevach, in a drive-by shooting attack on January 9.