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Second Light Rail Line Serving Eastern Jerusalem Approved

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

(JNi.media) The Jerusalem Building and Planning Committee on Wednesday approved construction of a second Light Rail line that will run from Gilo in the south to Ramot in the northwest and serve 250,000 residents.

Approval of the new “Blue Line” comes four years after the current “Red Line” was launched, running from Pisgat Ze’ev in northern Jerusalem, through the center of the capital to Mount Herzl.

Wednesday’s decision carries a huge political significance because like the Red Line, the new section will run through neighborhoods claimed by the Palestinian Authority. Connecting the entire city with a Light Rail physically unites the capital and establishes a de facto veto of any idea of dividing it wherever the trains are running.

The Blue Line’s is 12.5 miles long, including a half-mile long tunnel. It will run on Hebron Road, the main artery connecting Gilo and Talpiot. A branch of the Blue Line will serve the Emek Refa’im area and Malkha, which features a high-tech center, an upscale mall, the Teddy sports stadium and a new culture center.

Long-range plans for the Jerusalem Light Rail include a third, “Green Line,” connecting Gilo with Mount Scopus. In addition, work is underway to extend the current Red Line to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

Jerusalem residents are hoping that construction of the Blue Line will be less of a horror show than the building the Red Line, which was plagued with long delays and caused massive inconvenience to shop keepers and pedestrians.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said after the Jerusalem committee’s decision, “We are witnessing a transportation revolution in Jerusalem. The Red Line has proven that a light rail system operating alongside buses is the most efficient way for the capital’s transportation.”

Katz noted that the widening of Highway 1 west of Jerusalem and the construction of a high-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem rail will also help the city’s growing transportation needs.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat commented, “Jerusalem residents will be able to enjoy shorter travel times, fewer traffic jams, cleaner air and a rejuvenated city.”

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Hezbollah Claims It Ambushed Four IDF Soldiers

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Hezbollah claims it “ambushed” the four soldiers who allegedly crossed the Lebanese border between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning and suffered light to moderate wounds from two explosions. An IDF spokesman told The Jewish Press on the report, “No comment.”

The Hezbollah-linked Lebanese Al Akhbar daily reported Thursday, “The enemy blundered when they violated the border with Lebanon, and fell into a trap that only the resistance could set. Only Hezbollah can make bombs that blow up Israelis.”

The claim can be discounted to a large extent because it was issued 24 hours after the incident, and Hezbollah probably took advantage of the information vacuum to score propaganda points.

On the other hand, the IDF’s silence leaves open the possibility for speculation. The most desirable scenario is that the elite combat soldiers were on a patrol beyond the border fence, which in some places is several hundred feet inside the border or at a disputed area. It is heavily mined, and the land mines that exploded may have been planted long ago instead of being part of an ambush.

The Lebanese army stated that the “Israel enemy had infiltrated  approximately 1,300 feet beyond the fence, and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said there was blood at the scene.

The IDF unit, which UNIFIL said was comprised of 10 soldiers, retreated with the wounded soldiers and with the aid of light flares, and were rushed to a hospital in Nahariya, on the Mediterranean Coast.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu commented after the incident, “Our soldiers defend us and our borders, which is what they were doing last night. We will continue to react to defend Israel’s borders.”

Lebanon said it will file a complaint with the United Nations Security Council for a “blatant violation of Lebanese sovereignty and of UN resolution 1701”, which ended the second Lebanese war in 2006. Hezbollah was supposed to have been disarmed, according to the same agreement.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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