what about the increased pressure for those who are traditional (not necessarily orthodox or ultra) to work on shabbat to provide services to those customers who want them? As an example--cultural venues, sports venues, theater workers, bus drivers, etc.? Those jobs are also low paying, generally speaking. I made aliyah from the US. I am a professional musician. There is only one country in the world where I (theoretically) do not have to choose between shabbat and being a working musician--Israel. As far as affecting the working class--I worked on shabbat in the US because I had to put food on the table or risk losing work not just on shabbat, but on other days as well. Once you start turning down work, you go lower on the call list in freelancing. They don't want to deal with your special schedule any more than contractors would here. If those venues are open on shabbat, then applicants will be forced out of the work place--you can't just take Fridays and Saturdays off if you are an actor or musician and part of a troupe. Then you alienate a large percentage of traditional people who are not hareidi and do not want to be hareidi--in essence ghettoizing us. So, all I am saying is that it's a two edged sword, and instead of weakening the hareidim, it possibly strengthens them by alienating those of us who love shabbat but would have to choose between our observance of shabbat or being forced out of the mainstream, moderate majority of Israelis who really want to live together. I realize that a lot of stuff already goes on on shabbat, but the situation would become even more difficult. I don't know what the answer is, I'm just offering a possible unintended (or intended?) consequence.
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from the article: Saying yes to buses in Israel on Shabbat