Railway line to Ramallah proposed

"In the future, when there is peace, Palestinians will be able to reach J'lem."

By SYBIL EHRLICH, DANIEL KENNEMER
December 4, 2005 02:21
2 minute read.

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Transportation Ministry has proposed the building of a railway line to Ramallah as a branch of the high-speed line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem now under construction. The branch would leave the main line in the Lod area. Transportation Minister Meir Sheetrit confirmed to The Jerusalem Post in a wide-ranging interview that a report in last week's issue of the local paper Yerushalayim was correct. Because of the necessity to expropriate Palestinian land for the building of the line, the branch to Ramallah would be a form of compensation so Palestinians could also benefit from the high-speed railway. Sheetrit pointed out that in the area of Latrun, where Highway 1 crosses a tongue of land across the Green Line, the railway would be in a tunnel. The Justice Ministry objected to building the railway over the Green Line, Sheetrit said. "I spoke to everyone in the Justice Ministry and asked them whether they thought we would return this territory to the Palestinians. It is Highway 1. Can anyone even conceive of giving Highway 1 to the Palestinians? So why are you arguing with us in the first place? They said no, according to international law, if you use Palestinian territory, the Palestinians have to be able to use it," he said. "I said absolutely. When there is peace, let them use it. I then proposed a [branch line] to Ramallah. So in the future, when there is peace, I hope, the Palestinians will be able to [use the line] and reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem." Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat told the Post on Thursday that he was unaware of any such plan. He said that in any land grab the Palestinians would not benefit but could only lose.

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN