A train ride from Tel Aviv to Eilat in two hours and a freight train line that would complete the Red Sea link between Europe and Asia will dramatically change the face of Israel in the near future, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Cabinet Sunday mornig.
He said it will take another Cabinet discussion before finalizing plans and added that China and India have expressed strong interests in the proposal for the trans-continental freight line.
“There is strategic importance both nationally and internationally for the construction of the line,” the Prime Minister said. “This change will carry out the vision of connecting the country from Kiryat Shmona [in the north] to Eilat without traffic lights and by train. It will dramatically influence the country for the next 50 years.”
Driving time from Tel Aviv to Eilat is at best four hours and includes winding roads that have caused dozens of fatalities.
Construction of a train line from Be’er Sheva to Eilat probably will raise the ire of environmentalists, however, due to delicate ecological systems along the way.