French rail transport company Alstom has withdrawn from a tender for a new light rail line in Jerusalem، apparently because the network crosses into contested East Jerusalem، the capital’s Mayor Moshe Lion said Thursday in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him to prevent the company from participating in any other projects across the country، the Times of Israel said.
“Refraining from competing for the new light rail line in Jerusalem for political reasons is to surrender to the oppressors of Israel and we should not lend a hand to it،” Lion wrote. “Alstom’s surrender to pressures against the capital of Israel do not align with the interests of the country. We must not accept this. I request measures on the national level against the company and to remove from it any possibility to compete in train tenders in the country. Those who boycott Jerusalem must not participate anywhere else in the country،” he said. Alstom provided the carriages for the existing Jerusalem light rail line. It has also submitted tenders for the light rail system under construction in Tel Aviv as well as for projects for Israel Railways.