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High-Speed Rail Project in Israel to Cost $27 Billion

By 07/30/2023 2:24 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff


On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a massive plan to build a rail line that would connect the country’s north and south for 100 billion shekels ($27 billion).

As soon as it is finished, a rail connection like this one would enable the shipment of commodities from Israel to Saudi Arabia.

Between Kiryat Shmona in the north and Eilat in the south, the proposed high-speed rail line will span around 400 kilometers (250 miles).

According to Netanyahu, any Israeli citizen should be able to travel to or from the country’s core in less than two hours from any location. Most of the time, less than an hour, sometimes even less,

The prime minister made a clear connection between the domestic project and regional stability, more specifically with a potential normalization agreement with Saudi Arabia that is presently being discussed in Washington.

We’re working on it too, but it [the rail route] will also be able to connect Israel to Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula via train, said Netanyahu. He said that barely two days after the U.S. Following U.S.-led negotiations, President Joe Biden said that a normalization agreement might be in the works. Jake Sullivan, the national security advisor, visited Saudi Arabia last week.

A section of the cross-country route that travels over the Negev desert by bullet train is anticipated. Netanyahu stated, “Ben-Gurion said go down to the Negev.” The infrastructure is being brought to the Negev.

It’s a huge but empty ambition without the necessary infrastructure in place,” he continued.


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