Israeli Transportation Minister Meir Sheetrit will present his plans today for a rail link between Haifa and Irbid, Jordan, including a branch line to Jenin.
I believe this is part of Israel’s “Valley Train” which seeks to connect the port of Haifa to Beit She’an in the Jordan Valley. This is currently being implemented however apparently “the dream” is then to connect it to Irbid and then to Baghdad.
Such a railway would mean massive economic benefits for Israel to transport its goods into Jordan and Iraq with access to the Persian gulf and hence Asia. It is roughly 12km from Beit She’an to Jordan over the Hussein bridge.
None of the Jordanian media has reported this. (if someone finds something out there hook me up please)
So much for boycotts huh?
The Arab League implemented the first boycotts in 1945 and has since all but dissapeared. Egypt was the first to go in 1980 followed by Palestine and Jordan in 1995. The GCC states lifted the secondary boycotts (companies that do business with Israel) in 1994. More or less all Arab nations (except Syria) have some economic ties with Israel or are in the process of doing so. Bahrain was the most recent addition to dropping the boycotts last September and Kuwait, Oman and Dubai are expected to follow soon.
Israeli Exports to Arab countries has increased dramatically in the past 2 years. In 2004: exports to Jordan rose 55%, to Egypt 11%, to Palestine 9%, Morocco 33%, Persian Gulf states 110%
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