Another municipal workers\' strike began today, but was called off within a few hours in Israel\'s three largest cities - Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. In three other cities - Netanya, Rishon LeTzion, and Tiberias - striking sanitation workers have received restraining orders forcing them back to work. In Israel\'s other cities, however, the strike is in full effect. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that the government will not pay more than the 50% it originally promised of the workers\' pay hikes. Police Commissioner Shlomo Aharonishki said that large uncollected piles of garbage would \"hamper the prevention of terrorist attacks\" in that bombs could easily be hidden there.

Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau made an impassioned plea to end the strike: \"No matter how justified the strike may be, it is inconceivable that anyone would take upon his conscience the responsibility for a tragedy, Heaven forbid.\"