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Engineers and safety experts warned at least a month ago that the line was far from ready and that disaster would follow if officials rushed to opening day.
The southern line is considered to be one of the most successful and growing train lines in Israel, with approximately 420,650 passengers traveling each day.
Katz gave his word that the line would open on time on the eve of Passover the year, even though it probably would not be able to run the entire length of the route.
Israel is both a democracy and a Jewish state, which means everyone has a voice and everyone has an opinion. Today Gil Hoffman speaks about the Shabbat railway repair work crisis, the divide between Israelis and the Jewish world and more on Inside Israel Today.
The new, high-speed railway has been criticized by the political left and the Palestinian Authority for passing through about 4 miles of Judea and Samaria, most of it through tunnels.
Israel -- strategically located at the apex of three continents -- is a logical land bridge already in use by Turkey.
Commuters who depend on Egged buses and Israel Railway trains in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were watching the news for strike updates.
A long-term railway construction project will result in a high-speed train line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, with a stop at the Temple Mount and Western Wall.
The railroad system in the Tel Aviv area is getting a major overhaul -- and commuters must bite the bullet for the next eight days.
Israel Railways is providing Memorial Day shuttles until 1 pm between train stations and cemeteries.
The long-planned and long-delayed high-speed train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is getting closer Israel Railways has begun to lay tracks for the western...
The plan, drawn up at the request of Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, has little chance of succeeding without the cooperation of the Palestinians. But if the Palestinians won't even talk to the Israelis, its unlikely they'll be riding together anytime soon.