“Israel offered us the chance to participate in a railway scheme linking Haifa to Jenin to a number of Arab capitals,” the Palestinian Authority’s Civil Affairs Minister said on Twitter. “But we rejected the offer,” al-Sheikh said. “We won’t normalize relations with Israel.”
Palestinian official Hussein al-Sheikh rejected an Israeli offer to establish a railway link between Israel and several Arab states that would go through the West Bank on Friday.
“Israel offered us the chance to participate in a railway scheme linking Haifa to Jenin to a number of Arab capitals,” the Palestinian Authority’s Civil Affairs Minister said on Twitter. Continue Reading »
The construction seems endless, but only a projected 18 months remain until the 28-minute high-speed train route, with Israel’s longest bridge, its highest, a nature reserve, and the Mideast’s largest tunnel, from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is to open.
By Ofer Petersburg
For years, we’ve heard talk of the fast train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Innumerable data, schedules, company names, problems, disagreements—but as of late, this grandiose project has been transforming into something real. You can already sense its impending grandeur: passing on bridges over beautiful abysses, travelling several minutes in a dim tunnel, and emerging from the earth to discover Jerusalem before you. Continue Reading »
German & Israeli companies win 800 million shekel ($230 million) tender for construction work on Acre-Carmiel & Haifa-Beit Shean rail lines & terminals.
Also under construction will be a new line linking Kfar Saba with Herzliya.
By Shlomi Diaz
The National Transport Infrastructure Company announced on Sunday that an Israeli-German group has beaten a French-Spanish-Israeli group for the tender to construct almost 100 kilometers (60 miles) of railroad tracks in northern Israel.
A train in Acre [Archive] – Photo: Herzi Shapira
The winning bid was submitted by the German company DB BahnBau and a number of Israeli construction companies. Continue Reading »
Whether or not the plans to connect Red Sea resort city of Eilat with Ashdod on the Mediterranean by rail, competes with Egypt, it’s likely to boost ties with China.
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It has been called Israel’s potential Suez Canal. A planned rail freight link could provide an alternative to the famed Egyptian waterway.
A convoy of container ships pass southbound along the Suez Canal towards Suez, Egypt, on Saturday, April 6, 2013.- Photo: Bloomberg
The project would connect the 300-plus kilometers between Eilat on the Red Sea and Ashdod Port on the Mediterranean. And it could be the chance for China to gain a foothold in the region.
Former Mossad director criticizes efforts of PM & Transportation Minister Katz for advocating for Chinese involvement in establishment of train route to Eilat, claiming it could lead to crisis in US-Israel relations.
Transportation Ministry: State will make final decision based on existing options
Former Mossad head Efraim Halevy warns that plans being pushed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz calling for Chinese involvement in the establishment and operation of a railway line to Eilat, could harm Israel’s strategic agreements with the US, and help China make itself a major world power in line with the US, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. Continue Reading »
Israel Railways just added 72 additional coach cars to an existing order of 150 double-deck coaches, with its 1st delivery expected between 2014-2015.
Israel Railways (ISR) this week signed an order for 72 additional double-deck coach cars from Bombardier Transportation, in addition to the original 150 coaches ordered as part of a framework agreement signed in October 2010.
This week’s contract, worth $158 million (122 million euro) brings the total number of new double-deck cars for Israel Railways to 222. The new coaches are an improved version of the trains currently in operation. The first coaches of the improved model entered passenger service on December 1, 2011, according to a release by Bombardier. Continue Reading »