MK Mickey Zohar
MK Mickey Zohar Knesset spokesperson

In an effort to save his government from more internal conflict, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu intervened this morning and told MK Mickey Zohar (Likud) to stop his “Shabbat Bill’ from being read in the Knesset plenum this morning.

MK Zohar said, "in response to the request of the Prime Minister and the issues raised by our important coalition partner the Kulanu party, I’ve decided to honor the request. Today I will present the proposed bill to the plenum but I will refrain from asking for a discussion and vote until a future date.”

“It is very evident that this law is complex and important for the betterment of the whole country. It will have widespread repercussions for the entire populace.”

“I believe that this law contains a very important Jewish and social value, and therefore I will endeavor to obtain the agreement of my fellow coalition members, as well as the agreement of members of the opposition.”

The majority of the opposition to the law has come from the Kulanu party. Following the law’s success at the Ministerial Committee, MK Rachel Azaria (Kulanu) said “the Shabbat Law presented by MK Zohar, is draconian and disrupts the current status quo."

"Therefore the Ministerial committee decided to bequeath the decision to the Directorial committee that will be created to deal with the issue in the future. Therefore the proposed bill will not fulfill the primary purpose for which it was created, and will not pass into the Israeli law books.”

On Tuesday MK Roy Folkman (Kulanu) threatened that if the proposed bill were brought to a vote in the plenum today, the entire party of Kulanu would vote against it, thereby threatening the cohesion of the coalition.