Some Israeli News

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, February 18, 2021 8:55 AM

Kilometers, a distamce marker (I think, but not certain).

I'll try to botain an accuate answer.

 But definitely Kilometes.

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, March 14, 2021 8:38 AM

A train from Haifa to the UAE


Steve Sattler

Fri, Mar 12, 4:12 PM (2 days ago)
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Backed by China, the project is “one of the most important geopolitical measures that Israel has taken in recent years,” says Globes.

    The announcement last week by the M/  Transportation that plans were advancing for a rail link from Israel to the Persian Gulf may be the next big thing.

The concept of a rail connection from Israel’s Med. Sea  port of Haifa to the Arab states was raised 4 yrs  ago by Finance Minister Yisrael Katz, who was transportation minister at the time & dubbed the project “Peace Railway.” Last week, Transportation Minister Miri Regev announced the 3.5-bil. shk  project was moving to the planning stage. “The Gulf to Gulf project is a mega-project that will change the face of the regional economy in the ME & connect Israel to many countries in the region by rail, & will be a gateway to the Med. for them,” Regev said in her announcement last week.


NBA fines, suspends player for anti-Semitic slur off the courThis is economic news that will turn the countries of the ME into an island of economic power & stability based on reciprocity & peace,” Regev saiWith rail transportation making a comeback in the world, a ME “mega-railway project” would fit in with the Chinese government’s plan for a “silk railroad” connecting Asia & Europe. China has invested hundreds/ bill of dollars in building a transcontinental railway over the past decade, the paper noted, adding that countries in the ME like Israel that have been rehabilitating their rail networks are looking eastward & realizing that integrating with the Chinese transport network could open up new trade opportuRegev said Israel will extend its new rail line, recently opened from Haifa to the Jordan Valley, & lay tracks to the Jordanian border. However, once there, the outdated Jordanian narrow-gauge system will need to be updated – a serious challenge for cash-strapped Jordan, which wants to modernize but needs several billion dollars that it currently doesn’t have. The Jordanian plan includes a new line going eastward to Iraq with an extension southward to Saudi Arabia, which would give Israel rail access to Arab Gulf states and in turn could send goods to Haifa, thereby bypassing the Suez Canal & the extra transit charges involved in using the Egyptian shipping channel.

Globes noted that although the Egyptian government is not commenting on the rail project, in part due to its close economic collaboration with China, Egypt’s main media outlets have called the railway project “economic colonialism of the Zionist State.”

As well, the Saudis still have not recognized Israel, but with the project still years away, that would not yet cause a diplomatic hurdle.

At the same time, Turkey is pushing to have the Chinese run a rail line to its border as an alternate Asian route to Europe that could also involve Iraq and Iran.

It is known that China has a strong economic interest in Israel‘s transportation infrastructure and is investing in a new cargo port in Haifa.

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