'It's horrific to see how synagogues are turned into cafes'

PM Netanyahu, Interior Minister, speak about private tour to Tel Aviv neighborhoods.

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PM Netanyahu tours Tel Aviv
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Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) on Monday morning spoke about his trip to south Tel Aviv and the attempts to solve the problem of the infiltrators by legal means..

Deri quietly visited Tel Aviv on Sunday evening, together with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu). The visit included the same areas Netanyahu toured publicly last Thursday - Neve Sha'anan, Levinsky Park and the Hatikva neighborhood.

"I have been on official trips to Tel Aviv in the past, together with Interior Ministry staff," Deri told Kol Hai Radio in an interview. "But a night trip with the Prime Minister in Tel Aviv's alleys brought Netanyahu and I to understand that we're in a different country. It's horrific to see how synagogues have become cafes."

Two months ago, a synagogue in southern Tel Aviv was forced to close. Its building is now used as a supermarket for the neighborhood infiltrators - with the municipality's blessing.

Deri also spoke about the Shabbat (Sabbath) desecration which goes on in Israeli society, and said he "will not allow" Shabbat to become the day when trains are on routine schedules. According to Deri, such a move would "lead government offices to begin operating normally on Shabbat and Jewish holidays."

Regarding the existing Shabbat desecration, Deri said that municipalities "are forbidden to run public transportation on Shabbat. These cities are only encouraging various private organizations to run transportation."

Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that essential work on the train is permitted on Shabbat. However, in August, an Israeli Arab videoed non-essential work being done on the train, in violation of promises made to haredi MKs.








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