Israel approves controversial cable cars in Jerusalem

The cable car will reportedly bring thousands of people per hour to the Old City.

Jerusalem (CNN)Tourists in Jerusalem will be able to take a cable car right up to some of the Old City's key holy sites under controversial plans approved Tuesday.

The cable car will bring 3,000 people an hour to the Old City, according to a tweet from Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announcing the decision, which was made at a meeting of the housing cabinet.
Large infrastructure projects in Jerusalem are often controversial due to the city's disputed status, and the cable car is no exception. Current plans see it crossing into Jerusalem's east, which Palestinians and most of the international community regard as occupied territory.
The cable car is planned to start at a boutique shopping and restaurant location called First Station, in the western part of the city. It would then cross into the eastern part, with a stop on Mount Zion, before ending near the Dung Gate entrance to the Old City, the closest access point for both the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock.
    When the project was still in its planning stages in 2016, then-Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, said it would help bring ten million tourists to the Old City, while showing the world who is really in control in the city.
    The plan has sparked controversy as Jerusalem is a disputed city.