It came across almost as an afterthought: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s statement at the end of an official announcement Sunday about plans for a high-speed train project to run the full length of Israel.
Forecast to cost NIS 100 billion, the line would connect the northern town of Kiryat Sh’mona with the Red Sea border port of Eilat, approximately 400 km to the south.
What Netanyahu added, was that it “will be able in the future to link Israel to Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula”.
“We’re working on that too,” he told his cabinet.
Afterwards, in a press briefing to elaborate on the plan, the prime minister confined his words to the project in Israel and did not allude to an Arabia extension.
Still, his “add-on” increased speculation that something could be about to break in efforts to bring Saudi Arabia into the Abraham Accords.
It follows a week of reports out of Washington – along with a flurry of diplomatic activity – suggesting the administration is increasingly eager – some say, desperate – to see a normalisation...
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