Netanyahu on train crisis and Litzman's resignation: ‘We’ll formulate an optimal solution’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Israeli Health Minister and United Torah Judaism party leader Yaakov Litzman’s resignation from the government following the decision to allow Israel Railways to conduct maintenance work during the Sabbath. “The prime minister appreciates Minister Litzman very much,” the Likud wrote in a statement.
Netanyahu and Litzman Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted today (Friday) to Israeli Health Minister and United Torah Judaism party leader Yaakov Litzman’s resignation following the government’s decision to allow Israel Railways to conduct railway maintenance work during the Sabbath. “The prime minister appreciates Litzman very much and hopes that he won’t leave the government,” the Likud Party wrote in a statement.

Despite Litzman’s resignation, it seems that the United Torah Judaism Party will remain in the government’s coalition. “The faction leaders made it clear that they have no intention of leaving the coalition, which will make it possible to formulate an optimal solution that keeps the Sabbath and also maintains the public’s need for safe and continuous transportation,” the statement noted.

As reported earlier today by JOL, Litzman's decision was made after Welfare and Social Services Minister Haim Katz announced that he was green-lighting only work that is critical for the safety of the train system. "My decision takes into consideration the religious sentiment while also not harming the routine of Sunday morning train passengers," Katz said.

The Be Free Israel social movement called the move "a victory of the Israeli majority which will not sacrfice its safety and its quality of life for an aggressive religious coercion."



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