PM Netanyahu: The Golan is part of Israel; the Golan must stay part of Israel forever. I think it’s very important that the international community recognize this fact and accept it, and most especially, our great friend the United States.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Senator Lindsey Graham and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, today (Monday, 11 March 2019), toured the Golan Heights where they were briefed.Excerpts from Prime Minister Netanyahu's remarks [in English]:"I’m here with two of the greatest friends of Israel, and they’re also my personal friends: Senator Lindsey Graham and Ambassador David Friedman.Senator, this is not your first time in the Golan Heights, but I think every time you come here, you can appreciate the strategic importance of Israel being on the Golan Heights. And the fact that we’re creating here new life, green life, a future, which is very different obviously from what existed before.The Golan has always been part of Israel, from the earliest days of our history, and has certainly been part of the State of Israel since 1967, and more recently since 1981.The Golan is part of Israel; the Golan must stay part of Israel forever. I think it’s very important that the international community recognize this fact and accept it, and most especially, our great friend the United States.I thank you for your support. I don’t think the citizens of Israel know everything that I know about the work you have done over successive administrations. We have no greater friend, and we appreciate it. Thank you, friend."Excerpts from US Senator Graham's remarks:"What’s best for America is for a safe, secure and prosperous Israel. Why? Common values, common enemies, and from a military point of view, the best friend the United States could possibly ever have in a troubled region.I’ve got a simple message. I will go back to the United States Senate. Working with Senator Cruz, I will start an effort to recognize the Golan as part of the State of Israel now and forever.Israel occupied this territory by fighting for its survival. This territory was taken by military force because it was used as a launching point to attack the State of Israel. This territory has a rich Jewish history.Strategically, I am standing on one of the most important pieces of ground in the State of Israel."Prime Minister Netanyahu added [translated from Hebrew]:"You heard very strong words here from Senator Graham that express American policy, President Trump's policy, of support for Israel.They are taking this to a very concrete step – to keep the Golan as part of Israel. Otherwise our border will be with Iran on the shores of the Kinneret – and we are not prepared to accept that.
I was very pleased to hear him make these remarks. I think that this is a very important direction and very, very promising for our national security."(Communicated by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality Spokesperson)
The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality installed the country’s first LED light strips at a pedestrian crossing. Strips of LEDs connected to existing traffic lights have been installed at the pavement edge and change colors at the same time as their eye-level counterparts. The floor lighting is designed to warn texting pedestrians, who walk without paying attention to their surroundings as they are focused on their smartphones.
The distracted "Smartphone Zombies" or “Smombies” are a worldwide phenomenon and similar devices and warning signs have been installed in Europe, Singapore and Australia over the past few years.
The LED lights located on either side of the intersection of Ibn Gabirol and David Bloch Street, opposite the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, are currently part of a trial and will be expanded throughout the city if deemed a success.