On Sunday morning, former police commander Mickey Levi said the decision to open a disputed parking lot in Jerusalem on Shabbat was a mistake. Mayor Nir Barkat, he said "was insisting on making the wrong decisions."
"The municipality building parking lot has been closed for 15 years; why open it? Why break the status quo?" he told Army Radio.
Opening the parking lot resulted in riots perpetrated by haredi residents of Jerusalem.
Several police officers and protesters were hurt in the clashes.