The Trump Administration has backed an Israeli plan to link Haifa with Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, hinting that it was in line with the US peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The idea of building a railroad line to connect Israel with the rest of the Middle East is an unbelievably bold plan, given the very volatile climate in which Israel finds itself every waking moment. But bolder still is the Trump administration saying that not only will the United States back that plan, but President Trump himself saying it’s part of his plan to bring about peace in the Middle East.
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4 (KJV)
Donald Trump had the courage to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem when 12 other presidents did not. Donald Trump had the boldness to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, when 12 other presidents did not. Clearly, Donald Trump is on target to achieve things in the Middle East previously thought impossible.
US BACKS PLAN FOR RAIL LINKING ISRAEL WITH MIDDLE EAST
FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted his support for the rail line as Israeli Minister of Transportation and Intelligence Israel Katz made a historic visit to Oman to present its details to an international transportation event, the IRU World Congress.
Today Transportation & Intelligence Minister @Israel_Katz is in Oman at an intn’l transportation event. He will present a plan for the construction of a railway btwn Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia & the Gulf. Let’s keep the dialogue going. These efforts support our efforts.
— Jason D. Greenblatt (@jdgreenblatt45) November 5, 2018
Katz is expected to address the congress and participate in its panels, a first for an Israeli minister in Oman – a Muslim Gulf country that has no ties with Israel. The minister’s office tweeted that this was “the first time the United States has publicly supported the plan,” which is called “Tracks for Regional Peace.” The plan was developed by both Katz and the prime minister.
A Middle East rail line would be a “dramatic development that may affect many countries in the region,” Katz’s office said. He has spent two years gaining supporters for the plan, including of some Arab officials in the region.
“The invitation of the Government of Oman and the visit are part of a comprehensive move to promote the initiative and strengthen the ties with the pragmatic states in the region,” the minister’s office said. As he left for Oman on Sunday, Katz added: “This is a historic visit that will strengthen relations.” He noted that the rail line which will connect Israel with the Gulf countries will bypass Iran.
The new fast train from Jerusalem
Israel has spent millions building an internal high-speed rail system. Now with Trump’s help, they want to build a rail line connecting Israel with nearly all of the Gulf states, excepting of course the terror-sponsoring nation of Iran.
Last month Omani Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi publicly called for normalized relations with Israel. In October, Netanyahu traveled to Oman and met with its leader, Sultan Sayyid Qaboos bin Said Al Said.
On Sunday, Petra News Agency reported that Jordan and Israel are likely to hold talks over Amman’s decision to rescind a 25-year land deal that allowed Israel to use two of its border areas. Israel has requested discussions on border territories, the Jordanian Minister for Media Affairs Jumana Ghunaimat said.
Under terms laid out in the 1994 Treaty of Peace between Israel and Jordan, Israel has used the area of Naharayim (Baqura) near Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and part of Tzofar (al Ghamar) in the Arava. Last month, Jordan said it planned to use a clause in the agreement that would allow it to cancel the deal. READ MORE
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