Will haredim dismantle coalition?

Haredi factions threaten to leave government if Shabbat train infrastructure work continues.

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Mordechai Sones,

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Following the continuation of railway work on Shabbat (Saturday), the Shas and United Torah Judaism factions held a joint meeting during which they made it clear that they would find it difficult to sit in a government that violated the status quo.

Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri opened the meeting and said that recently, the Sabbath has become the State of Israel's "national street repair day": "It is inconceivable that the status quo is repeatedly violated; we demand that unnecessary work on Shabbat be stopped."

Health Minister Yaakov Litzman added that the haredi factions would not sit in a government that violated the status quo. "If there is no change, and the Prime Minister does not intervene, it is not certain that we will be able to sit in the government."

Knesset Finance Committee Chairman MK Moshe Gafni noted that there had been a crisis a few months ago regarding the Sabbath, and the lesson has not been learned since. "Although the work has been reduced, it is not enough; most of the infrastructure work is not necessary on Shabbat."

Gafni also mentioned buses of private companies operating on Saturday, saying that this is a phenomenon that must be stopped.

MK Gafni also addressed the petition filed against the High Court of Justice ruling in the matter of Tel Aviv supermarkets and said that if the High Court does not accept the petition, "We will submit the Sabbath law."

"If they do not return the status quo as it has been until now, we will turn to the Torah sages," Gafni concluded.



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