""There is Jerusalem" was the shout of joy as the convoy drivers crossed a low rise of the Judean Hills and saw ahead the outline of their destination. Bringing supplies into the city after independance in 1948 was a hazardous undertaking because snipers along the route were constant threats to the convoys that supplied this divided city, occupied by both the Jordanian army and the Jews. The stark reminder of that time is today memorialized by the numerous truck chassis found along the side of the highway and at which ceremonies are held to honor those drivers who died so that Jerusalem might live."
Smolski, Chester, "Glorious Pre-Industrial City" (1980). Smolski Texts. 83.