Jenin could one day be only a train ride away from Jerusalem or Jordan, according to Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz.

His ministry has drafted a plan for a train that would link West Bank Palestinian and Jewish communities with the existing railway system that runs from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv and from Nahariya to Ashkelon.

Katz spoke of the plan as he toured Samaria on Tuesday.

He said that when the Emek rail line is revived, which would link Haifa with Afula, Beit She’an and then on to Jordan, an additional line could be developed with a connection to Jenin as well as to nearby West Bank settlements.

In the 1930s, there was a line that went from Haifa to Jenin and Nablus.

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