Train to Eilat Moving Forward Despite Appeal of Environmental Minister
An appeal against the approval of the Eilat Railway by Environmental Minister, Amir Peretz, was rejected by the Cabinet on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
Plans for the train began in February 2012 with the intention of connecting the Eilat Port on the Red Sea to Israel's Mediterranean ports in Ashdod and Haifa. Current plans do not detail how the line will connect to the Eilat Port. How the train line will connect with Mediterranean ports is also unclear.
A comprehensive analysis of the project was completed by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel in cooperation with the Sasha Center for Strategic Studies at Hebrew University in October 2013. The project is not likely to meet any of its goals. A summary is available here.
The planned rail line is routed through six nature reserves and will cause irreparable damage to the biblical environments of the Negev.