Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Israeli court rejects calls to stop cable car

JERUSALEM ( Associated Press) — The Israeli Supreme Court has rejected four calls to halt construction of a cable car in Jerusalem’s Old City, paving the way for the project to move forward.

Objections to the project had been raised in recent years by Palestinians, urban planners, archaeologists and a small Jewish community called the Karaites.

Complaints maintain that the project will damage the historic character of the city, desecrate a Karaite cemetery and affect lives and businesses in the area.

The cable car is presented by the Israel Ministry of Tourism and the Jerusalem mayor’s office as a solution to the city’s overwhelming traffic and lack of easy access to Jerusalem’s Old City.

There are those who denounce that the cable car is not an ideal way for transport and that the massive metallic towers necessary for the project will tarnish the historical landscape of the city.

The cable car will depart from “First Station”, a former railway station now converted into a pedestrian center, passing through the biblical Valley of Hinnom and Mount Zion and ending at the entrance of the old city two kilometers (one mile) away.

The situation is complicated by the fact that the project will take place in East Jerusalem, conquered by Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967, but which the Palestinians want as the capital of a future state. The majority of the international community does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem.

The court recognized that the situation is complex by stating “any decision, even doing nothing, is going to harm someone. There is no perfect solution.”

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion wrote on Facebook that following the court’s decision, the project will go ahead.

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