Haredi MK: I've discovered the cause of train malfunctions

Haredi lawmaker says infrastructure work carried out on Sabbath to blame for string of malfunctions in new Jerusalem-Tel Aviv train line.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

MK Moshe Gafni
MK Moshe Gafni
Hillel Meir/TPS

MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism), the chairman of the Knesset’s finance committee, offered an explanation Tuesday for the string of disruptions in the newly-opened high-speed train line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

During a committee hearing on Tuesday, during which committee members discussed funding for the Transportation Ministry, Gafni blamed a recent series of technical malfunctions affecting trains on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv line on Sabbath desecration by the Transportation Ministry.

“There has been a wave of malfunctions on the trains to Jerusalem that is unmatched. Not one specific kind of problem, but suddenly a train has a problem, suddenly doors won’t open – every day there’s a problem.”

“Did you, in the Transportation Ministry, ever think to yourselves that the Sabbath might be responding in kind to the [Sabbath] desecration? I believe that as a result of the work carried out on the Sabbath we have these inexplicable malfunctions.”