Ma'ale Adumim - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Geography
Map of the projected expansion of Ma'ale Adumim.
The city is surrounded on four sides by the Judean Desert. It is connected to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv area by Highway 1. Due to its strategic location between the northern and southern parts of the West Bank, Palestinians see this as a threat to the territorial continuity of a future Palestinian state. This claim is disputed by mayor Benny Kashriel, who claims that continuity would be attained by circling Ma'ale Adumim to the east. Israeli drivers use a bypass road that exits the city to the west, entering Jerusalem through the French Hill Junction or a tunnel that goes under Mt. Scopus. These routes were built in the wake of the First and Second Intifadas when Palestinian militants shot at motorists and cars were stoned. The previous road passes through Azariya and Abu Dis."