Israeli project for a railway line linking the Hebrew State to the Gulf countries 2
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Sami Bouzid
Monday 25 February 2019 Last update on Monday, February 25, 2019 At 9:27 AM

Israel and the Arab countries have a common project to create a railway line that would link the Hebrew state to the Arab Gulf For both trade and passenger transport.

Will a train from Israel travel to the Gulf countries in a few years? A proposal by the Israeli authorities goes in this direction, starting from the port of Haifa in the north of the country. It would then cross Jordan towards Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, to the ports of Dammam and Dubai in the Persian Gulf. The link would be ready to accelerate the pace to the Gulf countries.

Minister Yisrael Katz’s speech last November in Oman

Transport and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz gave a speech in the International Road Transport Union conference that opened on last November in Oman, despite the absence of diplomatic relations between his country and the Sultanate of Oman. This is another episode in Israel’s several efforts to capitalize on the regional realities, starting with the common – Israeli and Arab – perception of an Iranian threat but also to overcome decades of Arab hostility towards the Hebrew State.

Katz presented his plan for a “regional peace path” that would allow Saudi Arabia, for example, to have direct access to the Mediterranean by train. The line would start from Haifa (north), Israel’s largest port, through Jordan and then follow existing lines to the Gulf. Katz’s visit is “historic because it will strengthen relations between Israel and the Gulf countries,” the ministry said in a statement. “Standardisation” is possible, says the minister, as quoted in the press release.

The Arab countries reunited with Benyamin Netanyahu at the opening dinner of the Warsaw Summit

Nearly sixty countries visited the Royal Castle in Warsaw for a summit held by Poland and the United States, including the many Sunni Arab States with which relations with Israel have warmed in recent years in the face of Iran. “This is a historic turning point,” Benyamin Netanyahu said, referring to the opening dinner on Wednesday, where he sat at the same table as senior officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, none of whom recognize the Jewish state.

“In the same room,” an Israeli Prime Minister and ministers from the main Arab countries stood side by side and spoke particularly loudly as what was described as a union against “the Iranian danger”. In Warsaw, Netanyahu had a one-on-one meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, Yusuf bin Alawi, who spoke of a “new era” for the Middle East. 

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