Yael German
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The Ministerial Committee on Legislation will discuss the bill proposed by MK Yael German (Yesh Atid) to allow public transportation on Shabbat.

According to German, the law is intended to regulate the operation of public transportation and prevent discrimination between economically powerful local authorities that can operate public transportation on their own and weak authorities that are unable to do so.

It should be noted that the bill is not expected to be approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation due to opposition from the Jewish Home, Shas and United Torah Judaism factions.

"The law speaks of limited public transportation on Shabbat for those who are unable to own or drive a vehicle, and every person should have the ability to move freely on the day of rest and reach the places of entertainment," MK German said.

"Public transportation exists in all countries, including on the day of rest, and this is a social service that has nothing to do with religion and state. It has a connection to the status quo, which is a political matter only. Politicians should understand that public transportation on the Sabbath is a social need for the weaker sectors of the population.

Attorney Uri Regev, the director of the Hiddush organization and a Reform Movement clergyman, claimed that "the growing support over the years points to the need and desire of the public to change policy and public transportation on the Sabbath. The public's positions show that the line of demarcation is not between right and left but between those who want a Jewish and democratic state, who recognize the public's right to free movement on Saturdays, and who internalize the principle of 'live and let live' - ​​and those who aspire to lead a halakhic state. This is religious coercion."

"The more the heads of the civilian parties in the coalition will believe in their commitment to represent their electorate and the will of an overwhelming majority of the general public,then they will not vote as marionettes whose strings are pulled by the haredi leadership, It is time to respond to the public's will and allow public transportation on the Sabbath," he added.

Taxis and other private means of group transit are available on the day of rest. When the state was founded, it was decided that not having public transportation on Shabbat is one of the small number of indications that would symbolize the fact that Israel is a Jewish State. Others include the army and Knesset having only kosher food, Jewish hoidays being public holidays and laws of marriage and divorce according to halakha.