Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transport Minister Yisrael Katz on Monday attended the dedication ceremony for the Ra’anana West and Ra’anana South railway stations, traveling by train from Ra’anana West to Ra’anana South.
An estimated 22% of Ra’anana residents are olim, of whom a large number have arrived from English-speaking countries.
The PM said: “We just traveled from one side of Ra’anana to the other and we saw the gleaming towers and the high-tech. You see the progress and the prosperity of the [industrial] parks. You see Israel innovating and you see the future, you really see the future.
“Regarding tunnels, we are both building and destroying. We are destroying the terrorist tunnels of those people who are not investing like us in a better life for their people but only in how to attack us. And in contrast, we are building these tunnels here which shorten the distances.
“I just told Yisrael [Katz] that with the great link that we are making – north to south, south to center, center to center – we are here joining everything together and opening all these possibilities.
“In the end, within the cities, even though there has been an effort to do very important work with elevated trains, underground trains, express highways and express lanes, in the end we will need to dig many tunnels with new technology.”