New Tourism Minister backs cable car plan

Asaf Zamir, of the Blue and White Party in Israel, who recently replaced the Likud’s Yariv Levin as tourism minister, has decided not to jettison the ropeway plan for Jerusalem, despite appeals to him by numerous organizations.

In a statement to The Times of Israel Sunday, the ministry said it had “weighed all the relevant considerations and reached the conclusion that balancing the interests between the cable car’s importance as national infrastructure, and the benefits it will bring to the entire public, and the claims that were made [against], the advantages of building the project outweigh the disadvantages.”