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March 26, 2015 10:46 am

French Firm Pulls Out of Jerusalem Cable Car Project After Palestinian Pressure

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A French firm pulled its participation in a Jerusalem project after chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat contacted French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to complain about the project. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The French consortium SAFEGE has decided to end its participation in a Jerusalem cable car transportation project over what the firm called “political” concerns.

According to a report in the French daily newspaper Le Figaro, the move by SAFEGE came after a meeting with France’s foreign and economic ministries. The firm said that its decision was made “to avoid any political interpretation,” said a representative of Suez Environment, SAFEGE’s parent company.

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Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator, had contacted French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to complain about the project, which includes a cable car in eastern Jerusalem.

“The plan will lead to the illegal expropriation of private property, some of which belongs to the Waqf (Islamic religious endowment),” Erekat wrote to Fabius, Le Figaro reported.

In addition to pressure from the Palestinians, the $31.7 million cable car project has also been met with strong opposition from environmental and religious groups in Jerusalem. Project planners hope that the cable car will reduce traffic congestion in Jerusalem by easing transportation through the Israeli capital, including to holy sites in the Old City and the Mount of Olives.

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  • Historian

    Israel can go to other Cable car companies rather than do business with France. The cooperation was also an attempt to help the relationship ut in far too many incidents they
    repel from honest Friendships from Jewish organizations, Seems Muslims have invaded France like cockroaches.
    A pity but again what do you expect from French people!!

  • Historian

    It is the French!! What do you expect of the overall antisemetic People who befriended the NAZIS in WWll. (That was not a question)
    Lovely country except for the People.

  • DocReality

    Good riddance to France.

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