Prime Minister Netanyahu managed to reach a deal with Charedi factions in his government regarding policy on Shabbos, averting a potential coalition crisis.
Matters came to a head Sunday, when MK Litzman, on the advice of the Gerrer Rebbe, resigned from the his position as Health Minister in protest in protest of 100 or so Jewish employees having conducting maintenance on a railway line in Israel’s Negev region this past Shabbos.
According to the agreement as reported by Hadashot News, mini-markets in the largely secular city of Tel Aviv will be allowed to remain open on the Sabbath, and league soccer games will be permitted to take place on Saturdays as well. Maintenance work for the railway system will take place as well.
Minister of Labor and Welfare, Haim Katz will assume responsibility for decision-making on public work projects that are performed on Shabbos, while taking into consideration traditional Jewish values, the welfare of the worker and disruption of public life. Meanwhile, Litzman will operate as the health minister while holding the title as Deputy Health Minister.
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