Publish date17 Mar 2018 - 9:29
Story Code : 318827

Tel Aviv okays railway linking central Israel, W. Bank

Israel has approved construction of a planned rail line that will link central Israel to the northern West Bank, local media reported Friday.
Tel Aviv okays railway linking central Israel, W. Bank

According to Israel’s Walla news website, Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said the rail line would link the central Israeli cities of Petah Tikva and Rosh Hayin to the Jewish-only Ariel settlement bloc in the northern West Bank.
The project is expected to be completed by 2025 at a total cost of $1.1 billion.

It remains in the planning phase, however, with three different routes -- of 29, 34 and 35 kilometers respectively -- currently being considered.

Ariel is considered one of the largest West Bank settlement blocs, hosting over 20,000 Jewish settlers and a university attended by some 14,000 students.

Approval of the planned rail line comes amid calls by right-wing Israeli groups to annex major West Bank settlement blocs.
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