In this Sept. 9, 2013 file photo, the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound is seen in Jerusalem's old city. (APآ Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
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An Israeli plan to build a cable car to Jerusalem's historic Old City has united architects and Palestinian activists in opposition to a project they say is both an eyesore and a ploy to entrench Israeli control over the city's contested eastern sector.Developers say the proposed project is meant to relieve snarling traffic and will ferry some 3,000 tourists an hour from the western sector directly to the Old City, in East Jerusalem. The cable car would run 1,400 meters, launching from the First Station, a popular food and cultural center in West Jerusalem, sailing over the city's ancient valley, stopping at Mount Zion (Sahel Sahyun in Arabic) a hill just outside the Old City walls, and proceeding through the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan before alighting at the tourist center.The Old City is Israel's No. 1 tourist destination.Halevi added that the ministry mapped the cable car route carefully to "minimize" the evacuation and demolition of buildings.He stressed the cable car would not enter the Old City or go over its walls, but would stop just outside. Urban planning experts disagree that the cable cars, which hold 10 people per carriage, will resolve the city's daunting transportation problems.
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