PEJOURNAL – The Peace Railway is a deliberate plan to normalize Arab-Hebrew relations by opening up economic channels and extending them to political relations that seek to marginalize the Palestinian cause.
To this day, the Arab-Hebrew Strategic Alliance has been a dream come true for the region, but it seems that today, after sowing the seeds of relations with Arab countries, the Zionist regime is on the verge of celebrating unity. It is economically, security-wise, and strategically aligned with the Arabs, and has significantly advanced in the area of improving political relations. The Zionist regime is gradually unveiling its most important joint projects with some Arab regimes and seeks to start its train on the rails of relations with these countries from Tel Aviv to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.
The issue of Palestine is most affected by the new chapter of Arab-Zionist relations. During his visit to Abu Dhabi, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz announced the plan to connect Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states to the port of Haifa via Jordan and the Peace Railway, which aims to boost the economy. A short, cheap and high-security trade route whose most important function is to help the economies of countries. With the announcement of this joint project and the accompaniment of the Arabs and the Zionist regime in the Bahrain Economic Summit, their secret relations became objective.
The Peace Railway stretches from the port of Haifa to Bisan on the border with the Occupied Territories in 1948 with Jordan, then reaches Jordan via the Sheikh Hussein Bridge, and then from there to the northern city of Orbad, and in Eventually it leads to the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. The Minister of Communications of the Zionist regime announced in 2016 that with the operation of this part of the project, the Hijaz railway, which was built 111 years ago during the Ottoman period, was revived after 64 years of closure and resumed its activities by connecting to the Palestinian railway network. Resumes.
The Arab-Zionist railway turns Jordan into a transportation hub and facilitates the access of Arab citizens to the Mediterranean coast as a land bridge. Zionist officials hope that through the Peace Railway, a golden period will be marked in their relations with the Arab countries, because through this they crossed the Arab borders without conflict and with the consent of their rulers, and after entering into a security, strategic and economic alliance with The Arabs will realize their dream of achieving great victories.
Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia, have called the development of relations with the Zionist regime and the financing of the railway project as a safe transportation route and accelerating cooperation by calling the economy of the Zionist regime developed.
Coordinated efforts to soften the atmosphere of Arab-Israeli relations, cooperation of some Arab regimes with the so-called deal of the century and the approach of turning the Zionist regime from an enemy of all Arabs into an important ally and marginalizing the Palestinian issue, all in line with the larger new Middle East plan It is being followed and implemented. By using this political-economic bridge, the Zionist regime is trying to break out of the current isolation in the region and to break down the high Arab wall on which the Palestinians were defending their cause.
“”Zionist officials hope that through the Peace Railway, a golden period will be marked in their relations with the Arab countries, because through this they crossed the Arab borders without conflict and with the consent of their rulers, and after entering into a security, strategic and economic alliance with The Arabs will realize their dream of achieving great victories””
Obstacles to the implementation of railway project
Justice: The normalization of Arab-Zionist relations is not a matter of formality, but rather the adaptation of the Arab world to the occupation and the acceptance of the Zionist regime’s concessions on land and population. For the first time, the Israeli Foreign Minister, described the goal of normalization as establishing normal relations with the Arabs at all levels and bypassing the Palestinian issue as a whole.
It should not be overlooked that the Zionist regime’s goal is unjust normalization, which will both facilitate the further migration of Jews through the occupation of Palestinian lands, and this normalization will be a formula for greater instability in West Asia, Jordan and the surrounding countries. The Zionist regime’s peace with Egypt, in which the issue of Palestine was ignored, enabled Tel Aviv to expand settlement and Judaism. Therefore, any normalization with the Zionist regime means the continuation of the occupation, the eradication of the Palestinian cause, the displacement of the Palestinians and the abandonment of historical rights and justice.
Competition: China’s growing economic influence in the West Asian region has raised concerns in the United States, and evidence suggests that Washington is seeking to prevent its allies from expanding ties with the Chinese. One of China’s major strategies in West Asia and Africa is access to ports, waterways, straits and shipping lines, which has worried Washington.
The Zionist regime’s efforts to strengthen its economic ties with China in order to include the port of Haifa and its railway in the Chinese large-scale project have raised US concerns about Chinese influence in its backyard, especially as the Chinese bid for a new port in Haifa. They have also won. China’s massive investment in the Mediterranean and the construction of two multibillion-dollar ports near critical areas of the Zionist regime have raised US concerns about the consequences of the investment and affected future Tel Aviv-Washington relations.
The US Senate has warned of large Chinese investments in the port of Haifa as part of a draft defense budget bill for 2020. Article 1289 of the draft law states that the United States is deeply concerned about the lease of the port of Haifa to China. In particular, the US Sixth Fleet is stationed near the area, and Washington has plans to deploy advanced naval forces in the port of Haifa in the future. White House officials have repeatedly warned Netanyahu in this regard and even threatened to drastically reduce their security cooperation with the Zionist regime.
In addition to the Sino-US rivalry, the Haifa railway project has another competitor, the Iran-Iraq-Syria railway, which could be the best possible route to connect China to the Mediterranean, and China has signed a memorandum of understanding to participate in the project. The railway is expected to reach China after passing through Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and several other countries. Therefore, the competition between China and the United States on the one hand and the competition for the Chinese project “One Belt-One Road” are considered as two obstacles and challenges to the Arab-Zionist peace railway.
Security: In addition to the economic-political benefits of the Peace Railway for the Zionist regime and helping it emerge from isolation, the security barriers and challenges that the Railway faces must also be considered. Although the Arab countries have tried and taken important steps to normalize their relations with the Zionist regime, but so far, other Arab countries, except Jordan and Egypt, have not yet recognized the Zionist regime, which could stop the progress of this project or It faces a major delay, as the opening of economic channels is largely a function of political and diplomatic relations.
The Zionist regime is also concerned about the armed attack on these railway facilities, given the complex situation in West Asia, in which the occupation of the regime and the displacement of the Palestinian people and the threat to security and stability in the region play a key role. The opposition of the Arab nations to establishing political and diplomatic relations with the Zionist regime will act as a major obstacle to the common railway, which will jeopardize the process of building the railway and developing economic and trade relations with Tel Aviv.
The main problem, of course, is the railroad itself, which acts as a double-edged sword. Because it allows the Arab countries to use it in the future and, if necessary, as a sheet of pressure on the Zionist regime. Due to the prevailing conditions in the region and the possibility of intensifying the relations between the Arabs and the Zionist regime, the malfunction of the railway can be used as a means of pressure by both sides.
Economic goals of this project
– The use of railways in the transfer of goods and passengers between the port of Haifa and various Arab countries in order to normalize Arab-Israeli relations. This will have great economic benefits for the Zionist regime and will turn the port of Haifa across the Mediterranean into a strategic line between the GCC countries and the European continent. This could reduce the importance and position of the Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.
– Another economic benefit of this plan for the Zionist regime is its effectiveness as a tool to put pressure on some Arab countries, especially Iraq. Iraq is heavily dependent on the import of goods through Jordan, and this railway, passing through Jordan, will be the key to Tel Aviv to threaten the economic security of Iraq and some Arab countries.
– Establishment of short trade routes in the region and easy access of the Zionist regime to the oil resources of the Arab countries in the region will be another economic benefit of the railway peace railway for this regime.
– Entering the Arab markets with a large volume of products of the Zionist regime and using Jordan to transfer and distribute goods in the markets of other Arab countries are also common goals and economic benefits of the railway.
– Strengthening the activity of “Jebel Ali” port in the UAE through Dubai Ports Company, which is the seventh company in the field of port management in the world and manages 78 ports in 40 countries, is also one of the important goals and benefits of the peace railway.
Claiming to counter the economic and security risks posed by Iran’s management of the Strait of Hormuz and the liberation of Arabs and their customers from the problems of terrorism and piracy in the Bab al-Mandeb Strait are also among the economic, political and security benefits of a joint Arab-Zionist railway.
Political consequences of the project
The Peace Railway has been mentioned from the beginning as a political-economic bridge and part of the project to normalize and publicize relations between the Arab countries and the Zionist regime. The Zionist regime’s goal in making this project public is to formalize its political relations with the Arabs and to present itself as an accepted member of the West Asian region. The railway project and its impact on the normalization of “Arab-Hebrew” relations is a coup d’etat by the Arab regimes against the so-called Arab Initiative, approved at the Beirut Summit in 2002, which would form any normalization with the Zionist regime.
Palestine was conditional on the capital of Holy Quds and the withdrawal of the occupying regime from Jerusalem from the territories of 1967. Some Arab political observers believe that the railway project will in fact be a title for one of the next stages of the deal of the century, which will further undermine Palestinian national rights. President Trump’s targeted actions in resolving the Palestinian issue and his supportive role for the Zionist regime in changing the accepted standards and scales in West Asia can intensify the trend of the Arab compass deviating from the real enemy of the Arabs, the Zionist regime, to an imaginary enemy made by the United States.
The Zionist regime (Iran) knew that in order to provide the necessary justifications and reasons for the normalization of the Arabs. While Iran has not threatened any Arab country, the Zionist regime has always threatened and attacked Palestine and even the Arab system with all its issues and culture. Currently, the Zionist regime, in the form of joint trade and development contracts and projects, is trying to present Iran as a major threat and threat to regional security and stability, while combating the positions of Arab countries.
Countering this threat requires the cooperation of Arabs with the regime. It’s Zionist. The visit of the Zionist regime officials to Muscat, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai and its coincidence with the increase of pressures and sanctions on Iran and the axis of resistance in order to rebuild the regional diplomacy structure with the aim of normalizing Arab-Israeli relations can be analyzed.
“”President Trump’s targeted actions in resolving the Palestinian issue and his supportive role for the Zionist regime in changing the accepted standards and scales in West Asia can intensify the trend of the Arab compass deviating from the real enemy of the Arabs, the Zionist regime, to an imaginary enemy made by the United States. The Zionist regime (Iran) considered that in order to provide the necessary justifications and reasons for the normalization of Arabic””
Railway Challenge for the Regional Interests of Iran
“”Apart from the commercial goals and normalization of Arab-Hebrew political relations, one of the main goals of the Arab-Zionist peace railway project is to bypass the Strait of Hormuz and reduce Iran’s strategic importance””
Apart from the trade goals and the normalization of Arab-Hebrew political relations, one of the main goals of the Arab-Zionist peace railway project is to bypass the Strait of Hormuz and reduce Iran’s strategic importance. Since Iran’s management of the Strait of Hormuz and the need for ships and tankers to cross the Strait has always been annoying for Arab countries and Iran’s regional rivals, the Zionist regime has been planning to route the railway in a way that can be of great strategic importance.
Reduce the Strait of Hormuz and by connecting Saudi Arabia and other countries on the way to the open waters and strengthening the oil port of Fujairah, practically release them from the Strait of Hormuz. Targeting for the export of oil from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries to Europe through the very modern port of Haifa on the Mediterranean coast, which is equipped with seven terminals, is also aimed at bypassing the Strait of Hormuz and competing with the Turkish port of Istanbul. Located much closer to southern European countries such as Italy, France and Spain, and connected to Britain, Germany and the Scandinavian countries via the Mediterranean, it is a more convenient and cost-effective route for trade.