web analytics
May 28, 2015 / 10 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Israel Railways Proposes Ambitious Plan to Link Israel with Judea and Samaria By Rail


Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz inspecting a rail tunnel

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz inspecting a rail tunnel
Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90

Officials at the state-owned Israel Railways confirmed that it has completed a proposal to establish train service in Judea and Samaria for both Israeli and Palestinian passengers.

The plan, first reported on Monday by Haaretz, was prepared at the request of Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz. According to a map obtained by the Israeli daily, it calls for the construction of 11 new rail lines. The map reveals that Israel Railways has proposed 475 kilometers of rail, and includes a Jenin-Nablus-Ramallah-Jerusalem-Ma’aleh Adumim-Bethlehem-Hebron line, and another that would run along the Jordanian border from Eilat to Beit She’an and then on to Haifa. According to the report, the map was submitted to the top brass of the the IDF’s Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria in December.

Likud MK Katz has made no secret of his intention to erect a railway system that would criss-cross Judea and Samaria. The report stated that Katz has already allocated 3 million shekels for a train-line from Rosh Ha’ayin to Sh’chem in Samaria, and that specs for the first part of the line – from Rosh Ha’ayin to the city of Ariel in Samaria – have already been drafted.

In a preface to the proposal, Israel Railways states that its objective is to “address the transportation needs of local residents and other passengers.” Another important objective is increasing the “continuity between the rail network within the Green Line and the planned network in Judea and Samaria.” The proposal also envisions extending the rail lines to other Arab countries.

The proposal does not offer a time frame nor a price estimate. And, beyond the financial and legal obstacles, intense cooperation with the PA would be necessary. Officials from both Israel Railways and the Israeli government acknowledged that this would be a tall task, especially in the current climate of official Palestinian incitement and implacability regarding the peace process.

A spokesperson for Israel Railways said, on condition of anonymity, “We have presented a plan sought by the transport ministry, but for the moment nothing has been done on the ground. The decision on the construction of railways is the responsibility of politicians.”

The transport ministry had no immediate comment.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Israel Railways Proposes Ambitious Plan to Link Israel with Judea and Samaria By Rail”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
"Rolling Stoned", a smoke shop in Tel Aviv, sells smoking and vaporising paraphernalia for medical cannabis and tobacco.
MK and Police Discussing Making Marijuana Legal
Latest News Stories

Hareidi Rabbis of the Committee for Shabbat” will vote against funding for a new Sportek in Jerusalem because of fears of “wholesale desecration of Shabbat.” “For the sake of Zion and Jerusalem, we will not remain quiet,” the rabbis wrote in their statement. The Jerusalem City Council is to vote Thursday night on funding the […]

"Rolling Stoned", a smoke shop in Tel Aviv, sells smoking and vaporising paraphernalia for medical cannabis and tobacco.

Does the popularity of smoking grass mean that is good for the soul?

Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Organization President Mohammad Sarafraz.

The US decides “no more extensions” as international nuclear talks with Iran come down to the wire.

Former Prisoner of Zion Natan Sharansky serves today as the Jewish Agency for Israel's Chairman of the Executive.

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky expresses his firm support for Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.

With temperatures soaring, everyone is getting in the water…

Russia closed its deal Monday to deliver the powerful S-300 missile defense system to Iran… eventually.

Flash floods and more rain in Texas means a rising death toll and desperate people searching in kayaks.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Netanyahu government voted Wednesday to form a new ministerial committee on Arab affairs.

Shurat HaDin calls for expulsion of PA soccer chief Rajoub for inciting terror – hours before Swiss arrests of FIFA officials for various charges of corruption.

Rabbi Riskin believes the Rabbinate must be prepared to accept Halachic decisions that aren’t Ultra-Orthodox.

The case also called for banning the sale of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and the Liberation newspaper in Egypt over “blasphemy against Prophet Mohamed.”

Saed Erekat: Israel first must agree to all of our terms before we negotiate.

The temperature is expected to reach extreme levels today, drink water.

“In the chaos of the conflict… Hamas…granted its security forces free rein to carry out horrific abuse, amounting to war crimes.”

The Israeli Air Force responded to a rocket attack from Gaza by striking terrorist sites within the Strip.

Information on more than 100,000 US taxpayers was stolen by hackers who breached the IRS.

More Articles from Jewish Press Staff Writer

Last week an Islamist group rallied at Al Aqsa mosque, calling to erase ‘Jewish filth’ at the Temple Mount.

Israel Police asks the public to help find 19-year-old Bat-El Aminov, missing since Tuesday.

Palestinians are the only refugee group in the world with a relief organization dedicated to their issue. Other refugee populations have been resettled; why are Palestinians different?

Having a baby is hard work. But Israel really makes it worth all the effort – starting with one particular hospital in Jerusalem.

Israeli MKs from Likud and Labor plan to submit a bill allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israel Police received more than 9 million ‘100′ calls (Israel’s ‘911′) in 2013; 18 percent came from Tel Aviv.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/israel-railways-proposes-ambitious-plan-to-link-israel-with-judea-and-samaria-by-rail/2012/02/27/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: