Member of Knesset Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) criticized the municipality of Tel Aviv, Tuesday, for its decision, reported Monday, not to change a bylaw on Shabbat closures before the upcoming municipal elections. The city intends to tell the Supreme Court that it does not have the power to make the change since the city council is due to disband.
Horowitz - a candidate for mayor - said the court gave the city 60 days to amend the law and accused Mayor Ron Huldai of preferring to threaten the city's leisure culture out of fear from the elections. He promised, "When I am mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo it will be a free city. I'll change the municipal bylaw to allow snack stands and grocery stores to operate on weekends, legally, without risking fines from city inspectors."