Published: 2018-11-06 11:16
Last Updated: 2018-11-06 11:41
President Trump's representitive to the Middle East, Jonathan Greenblatt, expressed in a tweet Washington's support for the construction of a railway linking Israel with Jordan, the Gulf and Iraq to enhance security and stability in the region, on November 6, 2018.
Today Transportation & Intelligence Minister @Israel_Katz is in Oman at an intn’l transportation event. He will present a plan for the construction of a railway btwn Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia & the Gulf. Let’s keep the dialogue going. These efforts support our efforts.— Jason D. Greenblatt (@jdgreenblatt45) November 5, 2018
Earlier, Israeli newspaper ‘Yedioth Ahronoth’ said that the first step to this project is the establishment of a railway station in the city of Bissan north of Israel, and laying down a railway through the Jordan River Crossing (or Sheikh Hussein Bridge) on the Jordanian border, and from there to the city of Irbid in the north of Jordan, and then to the Gulf States and Iraq.
The newspaper said that Tel Aviv will build a commercial crossing in Galilee, to receive goods exported by the Gulf States and Iraq, to the outside world through Israeli ports. Cargo trains would decrease truck traffic on Israeli roads improving safety and traffic.
Greenblatt is a Jewish lawyer specialized in real estate law, appointed by US President, Donald Trump, in a new post created within the US administration, for special representatives in charge of international negotiations, focusing on the so-called “Deal of the Century" in solving the Palestinian issue.