>> This week saw the maiden voyage of a high speed rail line that connects Jerusalem to Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport. For some, it's a short commute. For others, not much to show for $2 billion and two decades of work. But for Palestinians, it's another Israeli attempt to turn occupied land into annexed land.
Reuters' Arie Lewis.>> The project took a long time to complete because of various funding issues and governments over the years that have had second thoughts about whether they even wanted this line in the first place. The Palestinians have complained that Israel has built the line on land that runs partially through the West Bank land that they want for their future state.
>> Palestinian officials accuse Israel of using the train line to create a permanent and illegal footprint on the land. Similar to their criticism of Jewish settlements constructed in the West Bank.>> Well, this train is for the use of Israelis only, so they cannot use their pretext. That they've confiscated Palestine land or they've built this train in order to serve the Palestinians.
Because it serves purely the Israelis as part of the system of annexation and the system of apartheid in Israel.>> And Palestinians are largely barred from using Ben-Gurion airport in the first place. They have to cross into neighboring Jordan and fly from Amman instead.>>
You see a railway and see modern technology on your land and inside your land, and you can't use it or benefit from it.>> On a test run last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a historic moment for Israel.