Haim Katz offers compromise on Shabbat train work

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September 8, 2016 13:11
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Labor and Social Affair Minister Haim Katz announced Thursday that there will be limited Israel Railways work on Shabbat.

"This Shabbat there will be essential maintenance work  in order to ensure that trains will run properly and safely for all their passengers," Katz said in a statement. "I instructed Israel Railways management to enable any worker who does not want to work on Shabbat to refrain from doing so, whether he is secular or haredi (ultra-Orthodox).

A spokesman for United Torah Judaism head Ya'acov Litzman declined to respond.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the crisis regarding work by Israel Railways on Shabbat to be over Tuesday, after the High Court of Justice issued an interim order permitting the work to continue, and stating that any order to the contrary is invalid.

Speaking to reporters at a news conference on Tuesday alongside Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at The Hague, Netanyahu said that he respects the decision of the Court, and that he was glad the issue was resolved.

Netanyahu added that he would abide with the court’s request that in the future, Katz (Likud) would determine what work could be done on Shabbat, and the rest of the work would be done during the week.

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