[Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon, GPO]

This past Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the community of Beitar Illit (or Beitar for short) to participate in laying the cornerstone for a new neighborhood in the city which is set to be underway soon. Netanyahu declared his support for the community and announced his plans to expand the city and to discuss his plan to create a new road which would connect Beitar Illit to Jerusalem. Netanyahu spoke about the significant history which the city had and the impact the city had on the entire nation of Israel. “Beitar is a symbol of the connection of the Jewish people to a chain of history; a history of Jewish might, strength and of a faith in Israel’s eternal existence.”

Netanyahu continued, “today I put the cornerstone of setting up a new neighborhood in Beitar. Beitar is home to 50,000 residents… and I am sure that this number will grow. We are building the state of Israel and are actively working to create communities in all parts of the country.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to help link the city of Betar Illit with nearby Jerusalem by building a new road that would cut commuting time between the two cities by 15 minutes.

Thursday morning’s event marked Netanyahu’s first visit to the city since taking office in 2009. It was also the first time he’s attended a cornerstone laying ceremony for a large neighborhood in Judea and Samaria.

Betar Illit Mayor Meir Rubinstein said that when he first spoke of opening up a third hilltop for his city, people thought he was crazy. “So I stopped talking, but continued working…there are 218 homes that have been marketed and another 1,000 in the pipe line,” Rubinstein said.

Netanyahu closed his remarks by wishing the members of Beitar Illit success in moving forward with the building of the new neighborhood. “Wishing you much success, in the name of the nation of Israel and for the sake of Israel.”

We thank Netanyahu for his dedication to rebuilding and renewing the whole Israel and to his support of the pioneers of Beitar Illit and the greater Judea and Samaria.

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