PM hails partial opening of long-delayed Jerusalem-Tel Aviv fast train

Five months after it was due to be completed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transport Minister Israel Katz finally take the inaugural ride on the new Jerusalem-Tel Aviv fast train.

However, the two could only travel as far as Ben Gurion International Airport, because the high-speed train line that was approved for construction some 17 years ago has yet to be completed.

Netanyahu says the commuter train will open “a new era for Jerusalem and for Israel,” while Katz hails the maiden voyage as a “historic moment” for the country.

Officials declined to say when the reminder of the route would be fully completed.

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