Supreme Court rules out Netanyahu’s decision to halt railroad construction on weekends

Israel’s Supreme Court ruled to nullify Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s instruction to halt the railroad construction projects on Shabbat. According to the Supreme Court, Israel Railways has the permit to work on the weekends until the end of the month.
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Israel’s Supreme Court ruled today (Tuesday) that Netanyahu cannot independently decide to halt the continuation of the railroad construction projects on Shabbat at this stage. “The permit has not been revoked or suspended and is valid and therefore, Israel Railways may use it as long as it is not nullified or suspended,” claimed the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court decided to issue an injunction against the decision to halt the construction work.

According to the Supreme Court’s decision, only Welfare and Social Services Minister Haim Katz can decide to halt the weekend construction work as Israel Railways possess a valid permit until the end of the month.

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision, MK Zehava Gal-On, who filed an appeal against Netanyahu’s decision, said: “This was a major win. The Supreme Court did not accept the disgraceful claim of the prosecution that this was a ‘theoretical matter.’ The Supreme Court is requesting to schedule a panel for a discussion as soon as possible in order to receive the explanations regarding the Prime Minister’s clearly illegal behavior.”

The prosecution asked the Supreme Court to reject Gal-On’s appeal because it addressed last weekend’s construction work and thus, it was no longer relevant.

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