The five kilometre stretch of Highway 65 east towards Afula is called Kvish HaSargel, lit. 'the Ruler Road', since it is virtually flat and straight as a ruler.
This is currently a very important junction for the residents of the northern district of Israel, because it sits at the entrance to the Wadi Ara mountain pass which connects the north to Highway 6 and other highways in Israel's coastal plain and, by that, to the rest of the country. Its importance slightly diminished when Highway 6 was completed to the Ein Tut interchange on July 20, 2009. It can now be used to as an alternate route for reaching Highway 6 via another mountain pass located to the north of Wadi Ara.