Israeli government coalition meeting canceled due to Sabbath crisis

After Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman resigned and Shas Party Chairman Aryeh Deri boycotted the coalition meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting to solve the Sabbath crisis.
Deri and Netanyahu Photo credit: Miriam Alster/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Today (Sunday), for the first time since this government was established, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled the meeting of the heads of the coalition parties. Instead, he held individual meetings with the chairmen to attempt to solve the ongoing Sabbath drama.

In order to resolve the crisis with the Haredi parties, Netanyahu decided to promote two legislation proposals intended to limit activity on Sabbath. Earlier, Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri boycotted the meeting in protest of the cancelation of the vote on his proposed legislation. In addition, Deri isn’t willing to accept any amendment of the Likud party to his legislation proposal.

Deri and Litzman Photo credit: Marc Israel/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

One of these legislations would allow Interior Minister Deri to cancel any municipal bylaw through which businesses remain open on Sabbath. However, the legislation isn’t expected to work retroactively and so wouldn’t bypass the Supreme Court’s decision to allow certain businesses in Tel Aviv to operate on Sabbath.



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