Ofer Petersburg and the world's fastest train (Photo: Walla! system, Ofer Petersburg)
Will the Shinkansen Bullet Railways' interest in building a railway line from Tel Aviv to Eilat, which was first revealed in Walla Real Estate, hold water? Will Israel be able to see beyond the lens of Finance Ministry officials that a high-speed train of less than two hours to the Arava means that it will be followed by a flourishing of communities in the Negev along the Arava? There is a Zionist-economic value in this, and not just a penny of train fares.
In Italy, following the introduction of Hitachi's Japanese high-speed trains, most flights between Milan and Rome were cancelled due to unfeasibility. Hitachi tried to enter Israel and even sent me to watch Italian train traffic, including a driverless Shabbat train she developed in Sweden – but the bureaucracy drove them away too.
Last Wednesday (24/05), it was reported that in France as well, it is forbidden to operate domestic flights between two domestic destinations, if there is a train of less than two and a half hours between these destinations. France's high-speed TGV trains do the trick. For example, flight cancellations from Paris to Bordeaux - 1.5 times the distance from Tel Aviv to Eilat.
A little rain in May grabs headlines, without thinking about climate damage and carbon emissions (Photo: official website, Walla system!)
In Israel, Arkia and Israir are comfortable in the situation. Flight delays have also become part of routine with poor service conditions that have moved a large part of the public to travel in their cars – even following the cancellation of the airport at Sde Dov. No normal country should encourage private vehicle traffic at such distances.
So Transport Minister Regev makes statements, but in practice don't expect anything to change. No one seems to really care what happens here. A little rain in May grabs headlines, without thinking about climate damage and carbon emissions. That's not how you run a country and certainly don't build it for the long term.
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