The Israeli transportation minister, Yisrael Katz approved a plan to connect several illegal West Bank Israeli settlements around Jerusalem via light rail system.
According to JerusalemOnline, the new light rail stations, made of four lines, will be connected to the already existing Jerusalem light rail stations.
The lines will lead to settlements of Ma’ale Adumim, Geva Binyamin (Adam), Giv’at Ze’ev and the Kalandia checkpoint. In addition to these four lines, another line leading to Mevaseret Zion will be added.
Katz explained that the goal of the plan is to provide the same public transportation that residents inside the Green Line enjoy to the residents of these areas. “I see Jerusalem and the greater Jerusalem area as one entity,” said Katz.
“Whoever lives in Gush Etzion, Binyamin, Ma’ale Adumim, Beit Shemesh or Mevaseret Zion should have equally accessible transportation services,” he added.
Israeli West Bank settlements are illegal in international law, however, during the last year, Israel approved the construction of thousands of settlement units.
Three days ago, the West Bank Israeli settlements council and the municipality of Ma’ali Adumim, one of the biggest settlements, and the settlement lobby in the Knesset, have started a new campaign, demanding that Israelis sign a petition to annex the settlement, even though it is built on Palestinian-owned land in the West Bank.