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  12/21/2012, Tevet 8, 5773

Barkat: Religious Status Quo to be Maintained


Mayor Nir Barkat responded, Friday, to claims he called for restaurants at Jerusalem's old train station to be open on Shabbat by saying, "The status quo in Jerusalem will be preserved, public places will remain closed on Shabbat and public transportation will not work on Shabbat. In the framework of the status quo in Jerusalem, private places operate at the discretion of business owners, according to the law and the license."

He stressed, "In the [old railroad station] compound, which is private, the decision is that of the business owner. We, as a public system, do not tell them what to do in their own space. All publics will go to the place that it's appropriate to go to. That's the way it has been and that's the way it will be."