State pushes Supreme Court to reject Shabbat public transportation petition

The state is asking that the Israeli Supreme Court reject the petition calling for public transportation on Shabbat. According to the state, the petitioners failed to "establish the claim that public transportation on Shabbat is a vital necessity" and therefore the petition should be dismissed.
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On Tuesday, the state filed its response to the petition calling for public transportation on Shabbat. The state claimed, ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the matter next week, that "the attempt of the petitioners to establish the claim that public transportation on Shabbat is a vital necessity was not successful."

The state said in its response that the petition needs to be rejected by the Supreme Court. MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz), the Israel Religious Action Center and the Israel Hofsheet and the Hiddush organizations are among the petitioners.  

According to statistics that were presented last month to Knesset Subcommittee for Public Transportation, 73% of the Jewish public in Israel supports having public transportation on Friday evening and Saturday. However, only 38% support having the same schedule on weekends as on the other days of the week. The poll was conducted by Hiddush and the Smith Consulting firm.   



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