Israeli Tourists Conquer Palestine's Only Cable Car

Despite a big red sign warning them against entering, groups of Israelis are venturing back to the lowest city on Earth. ‘It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,’ says one veteran tour guide

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The cable car ascending over Jericho in the West Bank.
The cable car ascending over Jericho in the West Bank.
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz

From the plot of land he owns in the ancient part of the Palestinian city of Jericho, Marwan Sinokrot would observe the Christian pilgrims, day after day, huffing and puffing their way up the Mount of Temptation. Eventually, an idea occurred to him: Why not build them a cable car?

“Many of these pilgrims were not that young or in the best of shape, and so it was difficult for them to make it up the mountain on foot,” recounts the East Jerusalem businessman. “I said to myself, ‘If you can have a cable car going up to Masada, why not here too?’ We also have spectacular views.”

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