'Netanyahu promised to stop Shabbat desecrators'

MK Gafni interviewed today over his efforts to bring shabbat work projects to a close: I hope the Prime Minister wil make good on his word.

Michal Levi ,

Moshe Gafni
Moshe Gafni
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As a possible result of yesterday's meeting with haredim, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reached out to MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ)on Wednesday, promising him that he would deal with the issue of people working on the train system in Tel Aviv over Shabbat, violating religious law.

In an interview with haredi radio Kol Hai, Chairman of the Finance Committee Moshe Gafni commented that he hopes the Prime Minister will make good on his word.

"I spoke with the Prime Minister after the meeting with haredi journalists, he called me and clarified the essence of the matter. We said during the conversation that, to our distress, people are traveling even on Shabbat [in Tel Aviv]," explained Gafni.

When asked whether the haredi parties would break up the coalition over the issue of Shabbat desecration, Gafni replied that "We wouldn't break the coalition over every matter. We are not [making ultimatums] here; rather, we are doing everything in order to make sure that the work isn't being done on Shabbat...several such work projects have been stopped already in the past few weeks."

Gafni explained: "Two weeks ago, we discovered the train works, and MK [Uri] Maklev (UTJ) stopped the works in Be'er Sheva and Dimona last shabbat. At the moment, there are [ongoing train] works in Tel Aviv, and I hope that they will be cancelled."