Bill to ban businesses from opening on Shabbat approved by ministers

In accordance with a deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the ultra-Orthodox parties, the government on Sunday approved a bill that grants the Interior Minister to authority to shutter businesses on Shabbat.

The Israeli government on Sunday approved a controversial bill that allows Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to ban businesses from opening on Shabbat.

The bill was approved by a 10-2 majority as part of a deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the ultra-Orthodox parties. Yisrael Beiteinu ministers, who were the only opponents from within the coalition, expressed their objection vocally but refrained from using their veto right.

They did, however, state they will vote against the law when it is presented to the Knesset for approval.

"We will not have a small minority dictate our lives," said Aliyah and Integration Minister Sofa Landver. "They will not decide who is religious and who isn't."

MK Robert Ilatov called the bill "a blatant violation of status quo which harms the secular majority in the country."



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