Israel's high-speed train line into Jerusalem will be built along a route that is opposed by environmentalists. Opponents include the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and local activists. Haaretz reports: "environmentalists claim that the most sensitive section is the bridge over the Yitlah Stream, whose construction and the concomitant extraction of dirt from the region will significantly damage the landscape."
Environmentalists apparently feel betrayed by the park authority, which had worked with them to demand changes to the railway construction plan. Haaretz reports:
The environmental groups criticized the Parks Authority's withdrawal from the struggle. "Having led this campaign, it has now changed its mind at the critical moment. We do not understand the reason for this decision," said a group spokesperson. "The decision by the Nature and Parks [Protection] Authority and its director general will cause tremendous damage to nature and the landscape in this area," said Avraham Shaked, the SPNI's regional coordinator for environmental matters in the Judean Hills, "and we will do everything to prevent this damage."
Read "The Jerusalem high-speed train does not stop for green" here. (HT Hadar Susskind at COEJL) Keep in mind, of course, that mass transit is sorely needed in Israel as an alternative to traffic congestion, road construction, and vehicular air pollution.