19 Jumad al Ula 1439/06 February 2018

Israeli Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz made a trial run in January of the high-speed train line that will bring passengers from Tel Aviv via Ben Gurion International Airport directly to the Old City of Jerusalem. Katz named the new railway the King David Line, promising that the new train will be up and running by the holiday of Passover at the end of March, though some sections will remain incomplete.

“I decided to call the fast railway to Jerusalem the name of King David Railways because it is very symbolic that we are connecting all of Israel to Jerusalem, and we are connecting ourselves to the history of Jerusalem,” Katz said to the press. “King David was the one who established Jerusalem as the capital of the people of Israel… [We hope to] operate the railway by Passover to let the Jewish People go to Jerusalem as it was in the old days, to the Temple Mount.”

Representatives of the Temple Movement that seek to destroy Masjid al-Aqsa and establish a Temple in its place, have reacted positively to the project and view it as an essential step towards achieving their goals.

“There is no doubt that the new train is part of the geula process,” Asaf Fried, spokesman for the United Temple Movements told Breaking Israel News. “Everyone involved in the Temple Mount movement sees it this way and even the city planners understand that they are preparing for the Third Temple. Why else would they make the train line directly from the airport to the Temple Mount? Isn’t it just another of Israel’s many tourist sites?”

Though the high-speed train will significantly advance Jewish access to al-Aqsa, Fried sees that as just a small part of the practical effort required to prepare for an actual ‘Temple’.

“I am familiar with sources that estimate that the Temple will bring an additional 7.5 million tourists to Israel annually,” Fried said. “This will require a lot more than just a new railroad. There are not nearly enough hotel rooms to house pilgrims who come to the Holy City for the feasts.”

Although welcoming the project, the Temple zealot revealed that the movement’s concerns are not limited to transport or housing people.

“With all those pilgrims expected, they should be putting down two train lines,” Fried said. ” And they will, of course, need cattle cars to bring everyone’s sacrifice.”

The electrically powered high-speed train is capable of traveling 100 mph, making the trip from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv in an estimated 28 minutes. The current diesel line does the same trip in one hour and 45 minutes. As an added incentive to the Israeli public, travel on the line will be free with a Rav-Kav smartcard for the first three months. At the end of the three months, a 50 percent discount will be given to passengers until the entire project is complete.