Israel train line plan draws Palestinian ire

JERUSALEM - An Israeli plan for a new train line linking its central region to settlements deep in the West Bank is drawing criticism from Palestinians.

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Published: Fri 26 Nov 2010, 5:52 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:19 AM

Transport Ministry spokesman Ilan Leizerovich says the project is only in the planning stage and that there is “no intention to carry it out at this time.”

The local daily Maariv reported on Friday that Israel Railways has budgeted $820,000 to plan the line.

Palestinian spokesman Husam Zomlot says the plan is a “colonial project” aimed at rendering the establishment of a Palestinian state impossible.

The line would go into the heart of the northern West Bank — an area where Israel’s presence is not internationally recognized and which Palestinians want as part of their future state.

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