Israeli project to dig channel alternative to the Suez Canal: linking Mediterranean to Red Sea
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 10/31/2003
Plans were recently put on the table of the Israeli officials at the ministry of finance and the infrastructure to construct a large sea canal linking the Mediterranean with the Gulf of Eilat, the remote part of south Palestine, via Negev.
In the said plan, large transport ships can sail as well as oil tankers the long road from Europe and Asia. A canal which is is meant to be a real alternative for the Suez Canal.
The advocates of the plan, especially Dani Taal, the economic attache of the Israeli consulate in Taiwan, hoped that the recruitment of investors from the country and the world who will finance very costly digging operations that will pull the Israeli economy out of its recession. Officials at the Israeli finance ministry of Benjamin Netaniahu expressed their initial interest in the project and are waiting for the response of local investors.
The track of the planned canal which will extend for more than 300 Km and will pass through Wadi Araba and links once again the Mediterranean to the region which separates Gaza and Askalan city.
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