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Restore Wadi Ara Train Line Plan

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For two decades, the state has been promising the towns of Wadi Ara, an area with some 180,000 residents and a transportation crisis, that it will build a train line connecting them to the national rail system. A plan even received statutory approval, and along the way a joint commercial and industrial zone for six communities, both Jewish and Arab, was planned. In late January, the region’s towns discovered that the committee for land transport (which is under the Planning Authority, and whose protocols are not published) decided that the Iron train line, which would have connected the towns to Israel’s main north-south coastal train line and the newer Eastern train line, had been shelved. Instead the Transportation Ministry was advancing plans for the Menashe line, which would directly link the two endpoints without passing through the towns.

The state neglects Wadi Ara because most........

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