Nov 22, 2019 07:03 UTC
  • Rail project to connect Israel with Persian Gulf region well underway: Katz

Zionist regime’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz says a project aimed at connecting the Occupied Territories with the Persian Gulf region by rail is well underway, in the latest significant sign of warming ties between a number of countries in the strategic area and the Tel Aviv regime after years of clandestine relations.

According to Press TV, speaking on Thursday, Katz called for advancing Israel’s relations with Persian Gulf littoral states, saying he was working with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on “non-belligerency agreements”.

He further claimed that the Israeli regime has “no conflict with the Persian Gulf states, and we have common interests in the field of security” against what he termed as the Iranian threat “as well as in developing many joint, civilian initiatives.”

The top Israeli diplomat claimed “Israel has a lot of capabilities in many areas, including hi-tech, innovation, agriculture and water technology, which can help the Persian Gulf states, and the Persian Gulf states have many capabilities that can help Israel as well.”

“Israel is ready to promote cooperation in the region,” he said. 

The so-called “Tracks for Regional Peace” railway project would connect the Persian Gulf countries by rail through Jordan to the Israeli-Occupied Territories.

It is not known which countries will be included in the initiative, but it is believed that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman could soon be linked to the Occupied Lands.

Back in November 2018, Katz, then Israeli transport minister, attended the International Road Transport Union (IRU) World Congress in the Omani capital city of Muscat, where he put forward his plan for West Asia to be connected by rail.

Israel’s trade with Persian Gulf states is estimated to stand at around $1 billion annually, according to a study published by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change in August 2018.