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Has Barak got tunnels on the mind? Proposes Gaza – West Bank Tunnel

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Barak calls for Palestinian tunnel linking Gaza with West Bank

By Haaretz Service and Reuters
Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday proposed the construction of a 48-kilometer long tunnel that would connect the northern Gaza Strip with the southern West Bank, thus enabling freedom of movement between the two disjointed Palestinian territories.

While stumping on the campaign trail before students at Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, Barak said it was possible to dig the tunnel, which would remain under Israeli sovereignty while the Palestinians would maintain authority over the corridor’s traffic. The defense minister and Labor Party chairman said the project would cost between $2-3 billion, “a reasonable sum.”  –more–

The idea of connecting Gaza and the West Bank is not new. It is decades old, in the past an overpass was proposed.

Israel, PA Agree On Gaza-West Bank Passage

(July 5, 2005)

Israel and the Palestinian Authority reached an agreement on the creation of an overland connection between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank following the disengagement. Under the agreement, Israeli security forces will escort convoys of Palestinian vehicles travelling between the two areas. In the future, Israel has proposed linking the two territories by railroad. The railroad would link the Erez industrial zone in the Gaza Strip to the Tarqumiyeh checkpoint near Hebron. –more–

Written by morris

February 3, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Posted in Gaza, israel

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