Government votes to extend Israel National Trail into Jerusalem, West Bank


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Cabinet voted to extend the Israel National Trail to Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The $2.8 million project approved on Sunday will construct a second trail to include historic sites in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

“The path will expose tourists to Israel’s landscapes and sites and will bring hikers to all parts of the country, including the periphery, thereby making significant economic contributions to these areas,” Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said in a statement, which did not pinpoint exactly how the trail will run.

An inter-ministerial team was appointed Sunday to develop a strategic plan for the trail, which will include developing ways to bring international tourists to the site.

The government is poised to start marketing the entire trail as an international tourist site. The marked trail, that runs for 680 miles throughout the country, is 22 years old.

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