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October 21, 2014 / 27 Tishri, 5775
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Moving Target

Monday, May 19th, 2014

A video released from Gaza has Israeli defense officials worried. The video shows a passenger train traveling between Ashkelon and Sderot being filmed from Beit Hanoun within Gaza, while a cameraman can be heard in the background snapping pictures.

If the train can be seen, tracked and filmed from Gaza, just a few hundred meters away, then the train and tracks can also be hit by an anti-tank missile or rocket from Gaza.

On April 7, 2011, Hamas terrorists in Gaza targeted a nearly empty school bus near Kibbutz Sa’ad in Shaar HaNegev with a laser-guided Kornet anti-tank missile. The attack killed a teenager, Daniel Viflic, the last student on the bus.

The IDF has given its recommendations to the government for protecting the train.

Based on previous solutions, the question is, did the IDF recommend building a bomb shelter over the entire length of the train tracks, placing a transportable missile shield over the train, install a warning siren so the passengers have a half-second to duck for cover, or simply not running the train at all? It’s doubtful the solution will be to disarm Gaza.

Electric Train for Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Line Arrives

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Israel Railways has received its first electric train, and will operate it on the new Jerusalem-Tel Aviv line which is under construction but has been delayed and now is scheduled to open in 2018.

The electric trains will also operate on the line between Akko, north of Haifa, and Carmiel, east of Mediterranean Coast.

Israel Railways has ordered from Bombardier 72 trains, which meet European fire standards and will allow speeds of up to 100 miles an hour.

Each electric train will carry six cars and can seat 750 passengers, Globes reported.

Israeli March Protests Railway Route to Eilat

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

A small group of activists are protesting government plans to build a railway line to Eilat.

A group of nearly two dozen youth and young adults marched from Dimona to the Red Sea resort city at the tip of the Negev this weekend to protest the plans.

The protesters and other naturalists are fighting the plan because they fear the railway will destroy the delicate ecosystem that exists in the area. Current plans call for the route to pass through 37 kilometers of nature reserves.

Critics also say that construction on the line may endanger coral reefs in the Red Sea off the southern coast in the Gulf of Aqaba near Eilat.

The plan, approved about nine months ago, is intended to creating a “land bridge” between Europe and Asia. It is aimed at bypassing the Suez Canal in order to ensure that Israeli and international shippers will have an alternative shipping route should the Egyptians ever again decide to close that artery.

Train Mows Down 14 Camels in Negev

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

A train on the Dimona-Be’er Sheva line in the Negev killed 14 camels without being derailed and without any injuries to passengers. The engineer stopped the train at the next station, inspected the train to make sure there was no damage, and then continues to Be’er Sheva.

Camels frequently roam on highways and tracks in the Negev, where Bedouin raise herds of camels, causing a danger to motorists.

An Israel Railways official said the incident occurred at night, when darkness prevented the train engineer from seeing the camels.

Trains Grounded, Gush Etzion Highway Closed

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Jerusalem still is digging out of the “snowstorm of the century,” and the main highway from Tel Aviv was closed temporarily Sunday evening to allow workers to move freely to restore electricity to hundreds of families without electricity for more than two days.

Schools will be closed in the capital on Monday.

The road to Jerusalem from Gush Etzion, which was buried under more than two feet of snow, remains closed.

Train service in the country also has been grounded because of the collapse of a retaining wall, knocking out rail service to Modi’in and Ben Gurion Airport. Flooding on tracks has knocked out train service to Be’er Sheva, Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Jerusalem.

Jerusalem-TA Train Stuck for 3 Hours

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

The train connecting Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, and the only ground transportation currently connecting the two cities at the moment, has gotten stuck near Lod (which is near Ben Gurion Airport). It’s been stuck there for the past 3 hours (currently 10:50 PM).

Highways 1 and 443 have been shut down due to snow and ice.

High-Speed Train Planned to Whisk Passengers to Old City

Monday, October 21st, 2013

A high-speed train now under construction from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may be extended to reach the Old City, according to an Israel Railways and the Transportation Ministry plan that will be stiffly opposed by Jerusalem planning authorities.

The planned line includes a 1.5 mile tunnel linking the central train station, being built across the street from the Central Bus Station, with the Mamilla mall that is located directly opposite the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City.

Planners are afraid that the planned rail line will take funds away from extending Jerusalem’s light rail system, which now consists of only one line. Three more lines are being planned.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/high-speed-train-planned-to-whisk-passengers-to-old-city/2013/10/21/

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