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Court tells state to respond to Jerusalem cable car opposition

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

An artist's rendering of a station on the route of the future cable car that will stretch from Jerusalem's First Station to the Western Wall in the Old City. (Courtesy Jerusalem Development Authority)
An artist's rendering of a station on the route of the future cable car that will stretch from Jerusalem's First Station to the Western Wall in the Old City. (Courtesy Jerusalem Development Authority)

The High Court has given the state 21 days to justify a controversial plan to string a cable car line across the historic Hinnom Valley from West Jerusalem to Mount Zion and onto the Old City’s Dung Gate.

The court says the state must respond to opposition to the plan expressed late last week by Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli, who entered her post in June.

A petition against the plan was filed by a consortium of groups, including environmental justice organization Adam Teva V’Din.

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