AG Puts Brakes on Jerusalem Train for Crossing Green Line

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz has ordered the planning work on the high-speed rail linking Tel Aviv to Jerusalem stopped because its route crosses the Green Line into the West Bank.

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz has ordered the planning work on the high-speed rail linking Tel Aviv to Jerusalem stopped because its route crosses the Green Line into the West Bank.

Mazuz issued this order several weeks ago, following a Supreme Court decision that the route of the separation fence should be altered in segments where it blatantly violates the rights of Palestinian villagers.

The high-speed rail is planned to pass through Ben-Gurion International Airport and Modi'in, and crosses the Green Line at two points: near Latrun and near Mevaseret Zion. At each of those points the plan calls for a tunnel, 2.5 kilometers in length.

Mazuz instructed that the plans be halted to allow for sufficient time for a legal evaluation of the issue. However, sources in the planning authorities said that the overall plan of laying track beyond the Green Line should be examined.