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.

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.