Leaders from 46 countries, accompanied by high-level delegations, will make their way to the capital in the coming days, ahead of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem on Thursday.
The arrival of over forty world leaders converging on Jerusalem this week might be a feather in the capitol's cap, but for residents who will suffer gridlock and road closures as a result, it could be more like a bone in their throats.Leaders from 46 countries, accompanied by high-level delegations, will make their way to the capital in the coming days, ahead of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem on Thursday, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Last week, Foreign Minister Israel Katz described the gathering as the “biggest event since the establishment of the state.”Unavoidably, the arrival of the most prominent figures will necessitate visibly increased security measures around the city, including the closure of roads, as they make their way between Ben-Gurion Airport and Jerusalem, and the ceremony at Yad Vashem."It's totally overblown," said disgruntled Arnona resident Alex Bar-Lev, who works on the other side of town. "It could take me four hours to get home because of all the road closures. I understand that they're world leaders, but every week it's something else – marathons, dignitaries. I'm fed up." Read more at JPost