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With court to debate controversial Jerusalem cable car, ministry voices opposition

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The High Court of justice will convene on Sunday to consider petitions against the controversial construction of a cable car in Jerusalem that would ferry passengers into the Old City.

Ahead of the session, the Transportation Ministry said it opposed the plan. In a statement Friday, the ministry led by Labor’s Merav Michaeli said: “Our position is that the cable car has no significant transportation role, and the harm [it causes] will exceed the benefits.” It noted the “great sensitivity to the harm the project will cause to the landscape.”

Building the cable car will require the construction of huge pylons along the route, with critics warning it will irreversibly alter the city’s unique, historically significant skyline.

The Jerusalem Municipality backs the project, asserting it will alleviate road blockages in the area and will be a draw for........

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