Tag Archive for Yisrael Katz

White House Supports Plan to Link Mid-East Arab States & Israel by Rail

President Trump’s special mid-East envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted his support for the rail line Israel’s Minister of Transportation proposed during his historic visit to Oman, linking Israel’s ports on the Mediterranean to Jordan, Saudi Arabia & the Gulf States.



The Trump Administration has backed an Israeli plan to link Haifa with Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, hinting that it was in line with the US peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted his support for the rail line as Israeli Minister of Transportation and Intelligence Israel Katz made a historic visit to Oman to present its details to an international transportation event, the IRU World Congress. Continue Reading »

EU disregards Israel as it plans transportation infrastructure thru Jewish State

Neglecting coordination with Israel, EU concocts plans connecting Judea and Samaria to Gaza airports, seaports, and railway hubs going right through Israel.
– Israel’s Transportation Minister rejects EU’s partisan methodology out of hand.

By Mordechai Sones


The European Union has formulated a plan to establish a transportation infrastructure to connect Gaza to Judea and Samaria without informing or involving elements in Israel.

According to today’s report on Reshet Bet as part of the plan it is proposed to build huge infrastructures also including “Area C” – places retained in the Oslo Accords under full Israeli control.

On a different proposal: Israel’s Transportation Minister Israel Katz proposed a rail link plan beginning at Israeli ports to Palestinian industrial centers, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

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Air India makes historic first commercial trans-Saudi airspace flight to Israel

As Air India Flight AI139 rolled to a halt at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said,”This is a historic moment,” recognizing Saudi Arabia’s first official pro-Israel agreement.



Air India launched on Thursday the first scheduled service to Israel to be allowed to cross Saudi airspace, a sign of a behind-the-scenes improvement in ties between the Arab kingdom and the Jewish state.

Flight AI 139 landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport about 30 minutes after its scheduled arrival time of 1945 GMT.

An Air India Boeing 777-300ER  – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

“This is a historic moment,” Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz told AFP on the tarmac as the Boeing Dreamliner rolled to a halt. Continue Reading »

$4.2m allocated to Israel’s ‘Peace Train’ to Jordan, then Iraq, Saudi Arabia

Israel allocates NIS 15 million for Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz’s ambitious ‘peace train’ to carry passengers & cargo from the Israeli Mediterranean coast to Jordan, or if there is a peace agreement between all the countries, on to Iraq & Saudi Arabia.

By Ofer Petersburg


Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz’s ambitious plan to connect extend the railroad tracks from Beit She’an East to the Sheikh Hussein crossing at the Jordanian border was allocated NIS 15 million in the 2019 budget.

The funds will be invested in planning the extension of the tracks to the border crossing.

Israel’s Transportation Minister Israel Katz proposes rail link to Jordan, Saudi Arabia.

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Israel’s Intelligence Minister Katz: IDF will stop Iran from acquiring nukes

In Tokyo promoting a tougher Iran nuclear deal, Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz says that if the U.S. is unable to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Jerusalem will take action “by itself.”
• Israel’s gov’t won’t allow Iran turn Syria into its military base, he added.

Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff


Israel is willing to resort to military action to ensure Iran never acquires nuclear weapons, Israel’s intelligence minister said on Thursday in Japan where he is drumming up support for U.S. President Donald Trump’s tougher line on Tehran.

On. Oct. 13, Trump said he would not certify that Iran is complying with an agreement on curtailing its nuclear program, signed by predecessor Barack Obama, opening a 60-day window for Congress to reimpose sanctions. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Intel Minister explains 5-point-plan to US officials on expunging Iran from Syria


Likud Minister Katz presents US officials with a stratagem to sever Iranian influence in Syria, that includes sanctions against Iran & Hezbollah, along with bilateral US-Israeli action to prevent Tehran from actualizing a presence on Israel’s northern border.

By Itamar Eichner


Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) suggested during his visit to the US that the Trump administration formulate a five-point US-Israeli memorandum of understanding (MOU) document to remove Iranian influence from Syria.

The document consisted of a series of key points designed to tighten the noose around Iran and its proxies in order to prevent its aggression in the region, particularly through the terror organization Hezbollah. Continue Reading »

Air India begins direct Israel-New Delhi flights in May


India’s largest airline, Air India, announces three weekly direct flights between New Delhi, Tel Aviv to begin in May, to augment the only current direct Israel-New Delhi flights that are via El Al.
• Also, Tus Airways of Cyprus launches its new direct flights from Athens to Haifa.

By Ilan Gattegno, Daniel Siryoti & Israel Hayom Staff


India’s largest airline, Air India, on Thursday announced plans to launch direct flights between Tel Aviv and New Delhi, saying that it plans to have three weekly flights on the route, which is expected to become operational in May.

The route is expected to serve the increasing number of Indian tourists visiting Israel and Israelis traveling to India as a result of the strong ties developed between the two countries. Continue Reading »

Tunnel Boring Machine, ‘Golda’ begins digging Tel Aviv’s light rail train


The first tunnel boring machine, ‘Golda’, named after Israel’s first female Prime Minister, begins working on Tel Aviv’s light rail train route.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


The first excavation machine for the light rail route in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area has been named ‘Golda,’ after the late Prime Minister Golda Meir.

The excavation machine ‘Golda’ began work today (Sunday) to clear land for the laying of the tracks, which will serve Tel Aviv and surrounding parts of the Gush Dan region in the center of the country.

Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) digging planed underground electric light rail train route – [illustration] YouTube

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) said: “Golda Meir was the first [woman] to serve as Prime Minister, and was one of the six who laid the cornerstone here. Continue Reading »

Latest Israeli project: High speed rail from Tel Aviv to Western Wall in 30 minutes


Minister of Transportation Katz orders plans drawn for high-speed railway extension from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, allowing riders to get from an underground station in the Old City, close to the Western Wall, to Tel Aviv in under half an hour.

By Ofer Petersburg


Minister of Transportation and Road Safety Yisrael Katz has instructed the ministry’s staff to promote the planning of an extension to the upcoming high-speed railway line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem so that it extends into the Old City, near the Western Wall. As part of the project, an underground stop will be built in the Western Wall area. Continue Reading »

Israel, Japan open Far-East skies with direct commercial flights


The new agreement, also allowing Israeli cargo flights via Japan to 3rd countries, will allow 14 direct flights weekly between Israel and Japan.
• This year brought new flight routes to Beijing, Hong Kong, and now Tokyo. “The skies to the Far East continue to open,” Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz says.

By Ilan Gattegno


Israel and Japan on Thursday signed an agreement to form new, direct commercial flight paths between the two countries.

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JAL – Photo courtesy

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Japanese Ambassador to Israel Koji Tomita signed the deal in Jerusalem in a ceremony attended by Transportation and Foreign Ministry officials, representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority, and the Japanese deputy ambassador and commercial attache. Continue Reading »

Israel approves high-speed train, Tel Aviv to Tiberias in 1 hour


The one hour Tiberias to Tel Aviv train is forecasted for operation within 7 years: ‘We will connect the Galilee with the start-up & high-tech Israeli nation.’ says Public Transport Minister Yisrael Katz.

By Ofer Petersburg


An express train which will enable travellers to travel between Tel Aviv and Tiberias in just one hour is being planned by Public Transport Minister Yisrael Katz.

Building the railroad between Afula and Tiberias - Photo source: Ynet

Building the railroad between Afula and Tiberias – Photo source: Ynet

Katz approved the continuation of the high speed train between Afula and Tiberias as part of a project to expand the train network in the north on Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Israel Minister: Plans for off-shore Gaza port in the works


Intel Minister Katz says that the artificial island-port “would provide Gaza with an economic & humanitarian gateway to the world without endangering Israeli security.”



Transportation & Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz on Sunday night announced that he is working to advance plans to create an artificial island off the coast of Gaza that could improve the Palestinian enclave’s economic and humanitarian situation.

Gaza City

Palestinians stand atop a boat at Gaza’s seaport in Gaza City October 16. – Photo: REUTERS

Katz told The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York that the venture would seek to connect the territory to the movement of people and goods

“The off-shore project could provide Gaza with an economic and humanitarian gateway to the world without endangering Israeli security,” he said. Continue Reading »

Why is Islamic Movement in Israel not outlawed & its leader not imprisoned for incitement?

A bill in the Knesset to blacklist the Islamic Movement in Israel, which was behind Jerusalem rioting and lauded ‘3rd Intifada’, is up for approval by Ministerial Committee for Legislation.

By Tova Dvorin


Yisrael Beytenu MK Alex Miller’s bill to blacklist the Islamic Movement in Israel will be reviewed by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, and if passed, would strike a major blow against Islamists blamed for the continued Arab rioting in Jerusalem and elsewhere.

The Islamic Movement’s northern branch, headed by Sheikh Raed Salah, was named by Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz as the prime culprit behind the rise of Arab rioting in Jerusalem and in northern Israel last week. Continue Reading »

If Hezbollah attacks Israel, IDF will raze Lebanon to the ground


In response to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s threat to strike Israel’s main airport & harbors with missiles in a future war, Israel’s Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz warned that should that happen, “we will return it [Lebanon] to the Stone Age.”

By Daniel Siryoti


It did not take long for Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah to respond to a recent comment by a senior defense official saying that Israeli airports would be shut down from the first day of any future war between Israel and Hezbollah.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah – Photo: AP

In a speech given from an undisclosed location in Beirut on Tuesday, Nasrallah said, “The Israeli officer was right.

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Israel’s 2nd international airport to be built in Galilee


The new airport, to be located at Ramat David, was chosen because it had an infrastructure already in place to support a large new airport.

By Ilan Gattegno


The government recently approved plans to construct a new international airport in northern Israel, ending a 15-year-long search for a complementary airport to Ben-Gurion International Airport, which is already nearing operational capacity.

The Ramat David air base may become Israel’s second international airport in 2019 [archive] – Photo: Ancho Josh / JINI

The new airport will be located in Ramat David in the Galilee and will be the second largest airport in the country.

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