Tag Archive for Yisrael Katz

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.
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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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Israeli Minister Says Time to Target Hamas Leaders & Cut Aid to Gaza

Israel’s Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz blasts Jerusalem for ‘wrong policies,’ urges it to do ‘what needs to be done’ to Hamas.

By Uzi Baruch, Tova Dvorin


Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) sharply criticized Israeli government policy on Saturday, insisting that it is responsible for the current salvo of rocket fire from Gaza.

“The policy of all governments since Hamas took power in Gaza is the wrong policy,” Katz began. “The security system has also become too conservative, and [neither] has come and taken revolutionary steps [to combat Hamas].”

“This has been driving the political leadership over the years, this is what has been driving state policy over the years, and this government is not doing what it needs to,” he added. Continue Reading »

Minister Katz Calls on Gov’t to Refuse Release of Terrorist Barghouti

Minister Katz warns the gov’t that the Terrorist release is a big mistake, & that Marwan Barghouti should ‘rot in jail,’ .

By Maayana Miskin


Israel must not release arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti for the sake of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA), Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz warned Sunday. Barghouti is serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison for multiple murders.

According to reports in the PA media, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is planning to demand Barghouti’s freedom as one of his conditions for continuing talks with Israel.

“Abu Mazen [Abbas] will stand in the White House today and demand the release of Barghouti and other terrorists in exchange for continuing the talks. Continue Reading »

Gov’t issues int’l tenders for 2 private ports, ending Histadrut’s strangle-hold


PM Netanyahu: Gov’t can’t allow port workers to threaten Israel’s economy.

Transportation Minister Katz says program to stimulate competition, activity will reduce consumer prices.



The government issued two international tenders Wednesday for the construction and operation of two new private seaports to compete with the existing Ashdod and Haifa ports.  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared the move, “the end of monopolies” at the nation’s ports.

PM Netanyahu announces tenders for new portz with Lapid, Katz

PM Netanyahu announces tenders for new portz with Lapid, Katz – Photo: Koby Gideon/GPO

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz originally announced in May that the tenders would be issued by July 1.

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