Sam asks about the Eilat-to-Ashdod cargo rail link. I haven't heard much about it, but earlier this year Israel's Globes (business web site) indicated that Israel and China were working out the details of that rail link.
It seemed like a lot of work to unload, ship and reload. But folks who know more than I do about transportation think there's merit in it. Such a trade route certainly cuts down on exposure to pirates prowling the Horn of Africa.