New townships around new railway from Ashdod to Eilat will provide houses for evicted settlers in Samaria.
Israel is planning a train link between its Red Sea and Mediterranean ports intended to serve as an overland alternative to the Suez Canal and to spur increased trade from China, India and other Asian countries.
The cabinet approved on Feb. 5 a 350-kilometer (218-mile) line to link the city of Eilat, Israel’s sole Asian-waters port, to the existing rail system, connecting to the Ashdod port.
The project may start as early as this year.(2012).
To Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the link is a means to increase trade with the expanding economies of Asia, reducing dependence on Israel’s traditional export markets in Europe and the U.S. and transforming Israel into a Middle East trading hub.
The premier says having an overland cargo route to the Mediterranean will boost the country’s value as a strategic partner to China and India and would be “useful” in case “problems” arose with the Suez Canal.
“How can we get the great Asian economies interested?”
Netanyahu asked during an interview with Bloomberg News in Tel Aviv on Feb. 20.
“We can build a train line from the Red Sea to Ashdod to link Asia and Europe.” The project “will help open up markets.”
Source: Bloomberg News, 2012.
It might be difficult to understand why Benjamin Netanyahu is so found of capital from China, spending five days in the temples of the dragon.
Among other needs, the Israeli PM is in need of cash to build new townships in the Negev, to provide houses for the Jews living in Judea and Samaria.
When the new railway from Ashdod to Haifa is built, there is no need for Jews to live an insecure life on the Mountains of Zion. Just take the cash offered by the Chinese, and move to the new “luxury apartments” in the Negev.
For many Jewish settlers this will be a huge temptation. If the cash offered is enough, they will be willing to abandon their Zionists convictions. We will see a crack in the National religious camp.
“‘But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home.
Be sure that NATO and others will be more than willing be assist the IDF in providing the needed transport downhill from townships like Ofra and Ariel.
Lets wait and watch.
Written by Ivar