The Cabinet approved the construction of a railway line from Tel Aviv to Eilat.

 Cabinet communique

 

Israel Cabinet meeting (Reuters archive photo)

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 5 February 2012:

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

"We have received a reminder about what kind of a neighborhood we live in. We heard the Iranian ruler’s remarks about the elimination of Israel. We saw the Syrian army massacre its own people. We have seen bloody events in our region. Various leaders have no moral compunctions about killing their neighbors and their own people alike.

In such a region, the only thing that ensures our existence, security and prosperity is our strength. We are obligated to continue to develop the military, economic and social strength of the State of Israel. This is also the only guarantee for the existence of peace and the only defense for Israel should the peace unravel. Developing Israel’s strength is this Government’s main issue."

2. The Cabinet approved the construction of a railway line from Tel Aviv to Eilat. The 350-kilometer line will be for passengers and freight and is due to shorten travel time to a mere two hours. The project is due to begin operations five years from the start of construction.

3. The Cabinet approved moving forward on the project to evacuate Dov Hoz Airport in northern Tel Aviv in order to build thousands of residential units on the site (including small apartments), as well as – inter alia – hotels and public structures.