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Palestinian Authority Death Wish Shuns Superhighways and Trains

The PA’s all-or-nothing position years ago robbed itself of enjoying Israel’s superhighway. Now it refuses train lines that would propel economic growth. Why? Because it would help those awful settlers.
The Palestinian Authority would rather do without trains than let them help Jews as well as Arabs in Judea and Samaria. Picture: Passengers waiting for a train in Tel Aviv

The Palestinian Authority would rather do without trains than let them help Jews as well as Arabs in Judea and Samaria. Picture: Passengers waiting for a train in Tel Aviv
Photo Credit: Shay Levy/ Flash 90

The Palestinian Authority has proved its death wish again by it fierce reaction to IDF approval of a grandiose plan, years away for reality, that would provide trains service to Arab cities in Judea and Samaria and propel economic growth but with the “price tag” of also being beneficial to Jews.

“This [plan] shows not only Israel’s short-term illegal activities in terms of settlement expansion, but its long term planning and execution of colonial projects that aim at nothing less than ending the two-state solution,” PA spokesman Husam Zomlot said.

If there is one area in which  chairman Mahmoud Abbas excels it is cutting off his own nose to spite his face, or more accurately the face of nearly more than 1.5 million Arabs living in Judea and Samaria.

Several years ago, Israel considered building its “Kvish 6” (Highway 6) north-south superhighway toll road east of the current route so that it would bring Arabs and Jews in Judea and Samaria closer to metropolitan Tel Aviv. It also would have cemented an Israeli presence in the region.

The highway, which now extends a short distance from Haifa all the way to the suburbs of Be’er  Sheva, has been a boon to industry and housing, enabling Israelis to cut driving times in half. New industry has brought thousands of jobs to areas that were formerly undeveloped.

Ramallah, Jenin, Shechem, and Hevron could have enjoyed the benefits, but the Israeli government was scared that the Palestinian Authority might eventually rake in all the cards and create a Judenrein country in Judea and Samaria. Investors, many of whom were more interested in capitalism than Zionism, encouraged the current route that stays out of Judea and Samaria.

When the city of Jerusalem built its light rail system to include northern Jerusalem, which the Palestinian Authority claims will be part of its state one day, chairman Mahmoud Abbas went bonkers because it challenged PA soverisgnty over the capital.

The light rail system allows Arabs, as well as Jews, to ride into the city and work and shop without the miserable traffic jams in the capital, where homes and offices crowds over two lane roads that leave little room for widening.

Now comes the Transportation Ministry’s railroad plan, announced earlier this year and given the nod by the military.

It would include more approximately 300 miles of track along 11 rail lines, running from Hevron, approximately 15 miles south of Jerusalem, linking the Jordan Valley to the east and running northward to include Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jenin and Shechem.

Just think of the boon for Arab workers and industries, which would be able to receive raw materials near their factories and ship finished product by rail to the ports of Haifa and Ashdod.

The long-term for the railway system is for it to run from Ramallah to the Allenby Bridge, on the border with Jordan, and to connect rail lines to Gaza and Arab countries.

Just think how that could unify Ramallah and Gaza by bringing them together.

But the Palestinian Authority  does not think like that.

They say, “Just think of what those trains would do for the Jews. It would reach the illegal colonial settlement of Maaleh Adumim [a city of approximately 40,000 east of Jerusalem]. It would benefit those settlers in Gush Edition, some of whom are sitting on property that was occupied  before the reestablishment of Israel by  – Jews. Oh well, let’s forget about that little fact.

“Anything that helps a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria is immoral. It defeats the two-state solution.” That refers to the two state, living side by side in peace and harmony, where Arabs lives in Israel and do not let Jews live in Judea and Samaria.

The Palestinian Authority has not learned its lesson from being left out of Highway 6. Earlier this week, Israel said that a proposed Highway 9 will link Hadera, located southwest of Haifa and northeast of Tel Aviv, with communities to the east.

The official WAFA news agency stated, “The establishment of ‘Road 9’ will destroy the two-state solution and prevent the establishment of a viable and contiguous Palestinian state. The planned ‘Road 9’ will link the coastal Israeli city of Hadera with illegal settlements in Jenin and the Jordan Valley.”

Economic development and comfort for people simply is not worth the dream of shoving the Jews out of their homes.

The most ridiculous aspect of the PA attitude is that the railway plan, by the ministry’s own admission, is far , far away.

“There is no intention to carry it out the plan at this time,” said an official from Israel’s Transportation Ministry, “It’s not going to be built for years.”

But thanks to the Palestinian Authority all-or-nothing attitude, even if it takes 100 years to be built, it will be completed before the Palestinian Authority becomes a country.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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12 Responses to “Palestinian Authority Death Wish Shuns Superhighways and Trains”

  1. The Pallys want to keep their camels as you can’t f**k a train.

  2. Wars and rumors of wars are raging all over the world today just as the Bible stated that they would in the end times. Now we have trouble in Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Lebanon, N. Korea, Libya, and on and on the list goes! Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria has allegedly used Chemical and Bio weapons against his own people and has threatened to use them against other nations in the past. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  3. They hate themselves more than they hate us.

  4. Let's face facts – the Arabs hate us more than they like to live. They most certainly will cut off their own noses if they think it will harm Jews.

  5. Kol Hakovod. I have been talking to people about using the term reestablishment and rebirth regarding this third Jewish State. This is the first time I have seen someone else use it at least in print.

  6. Kol Hakovod. I have been talking to people about using the term reestablishment and rebirth regarding this third Jewish State. This is the first time I have seen someone else use it at least in print.

  7. Les Le Gear says:

    Hate is integral to islam. It's not really a religion, it's a philosophy. muslims live to hate. They celebrate hatred and death.

  8. Israel get rid of radical Islam, all other nations aught to refuse to provide aide this'll soon bring them to heel and may well set an example to the rest of the middle east. It is time for radical action.

  9. Israel get rid of radical Islam, all other nations aught to refuse to provide aide this'll soon bring them to heel and may well set an example to the rest of the middle east. It is time for radical action.

  10. Tim Upham says:

    Those awful settlers can be bring hefty tax revenues into an independent Palestine. So very much reconsider Palestinian Authority.

  11. The Palestinians has to go out to Jordan, this is realy their territorry, the peace process should be negotiated Palestinians, Jordans, the UK and US, Israel has nothing to do with this process.

  12. Ron Kall says:

    It cannot be any clearer, that the arab palestinian leaders are not in any way interested in improving the lives of their fellow palestinian arabs! Their only goal is to wait it out until the rest of the Jew hating world can force Israel to sign a peace treaty that will be tantamount to a national suicide pact or until however long it takes for Israel to disappear!

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