Netanyahu now says he trusts Katz to handle bridge crisis

PM says he trusts Transportation Minister resolve Tel Aviv bridge crisis after criticizing him earlier over the handling of the issue.

Tzvi Lev ,

Netanyahu and Katz dedicate Ra'anana South station
Netanyahu and Katz dedicate Ra'anana South station
Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

Prime Minister Netanyahu said that he trusted Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz to decide how to build Tel Aviv's Yehudit Bridge after seemingly criticizing his handling of the sensitive matter earlier on Thursday.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu is counting on Minister Yisrael Katz to handle the work on the bridge and to find the best solution," said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

Earlier on Thursday, a source close to Netanyahu said that "Katz's mistakes are beginning to upset" and blamed him for the entire crisis.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz had announced on Wednesday that the construction work on the Yehudit Bridge, which will connect Yigal Alon Street and the Montefiore neighborhood, would be postponed by half a year.

The construction had originally been scheduled to take place on Shabbat in order to shut down the central Ayalon Highway on a day when traffic is relatively light. Katz had reversed the decision following protests by the haredi MKs.

Netanyahu opposed the decision, telling reporters before taking off for Lithuania on Thursday that "I don’t think it is reasonable to close a main transportation artery like the Ayalon in the middle of the week".