(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
"Majestic" and "breathtaking" are words that immediately come to mind and heart when one sees the view from the Lowdermilk Forest Lookout above Highway 65 in Lower Galilee. On Sunday, August 11, a new scenic road jointly funded by KKL-JNF and the Ministry of Defense was dedicated at this site in the presence of KKL-JNF and Ministry of Defense officials, representatives of the Lower Galilee Regional Council, the Israel Police and Border Guard, and local residents.
Shai Dura, director of the Project Implementation Unit of the KKL-JNF Northern Region, and Gil Atzmon, KKL-JNF Lower Galilee Forest supervisor, explained that the 11 km. road was paved in order to provide the residents of Beit Rimon and Mitzpe Netofa with an alternate access route to Highway 65. During the Arab riots of October 2000, the highway, a central artery, was closed for a number of days, effectively cutting the country in two. Local residents had no way of leaving or returning to their homes, and were also threatened by the violent protests. Besides providing them with an alternate access route, the scenic road passes through an area of stunning natural beauty, making it an attraction for local residents and visitors from throughout the country.
Molli Levias is the chairperson of the Beit Rimon central committee. The community was founded about thirty years ago, and today, it boasts a population of over 100 families. Molli, who was at the ceremony with her daughters Tal and Yarden, along with Tal's friend Nitzan, said that besides the security that the new road provides, "it's a beautiful way to get to the Golani Junction, especially when the main highway is congested with traffic. Before the new road was paved, only people with jeeps could enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Now, thanks to KKL-JNF and the Ministry of Defense, this incredible view and the forest are accessible to everyone. It's made a huge difference in our quality of life, and we're very grateful for it."
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