'This is a blow to the pluralistic public that wants Shabbat, its day of rest, to suit its beliefs and needs,' lawyers say after municipality presses charges in local affairs court.
Israel must be transformed into a federation of largely autonomous cantons with jurisdiction over education, personal-status law and determination of public norms.
The furor over rail maintenance on Shabbat highlights inherent contradictions in Israel’s political system and real problems with its structure.
When the Haredim go to battle for their turf – for example, to get streets closed on Shabbat, along with budgets and educational autonomy – they generally succeed. Secular turf is another story.
From Safed in the north to Ashdod in the south, secular and ultra-Orthodox Jews are locked in a struggle over whether stores and leisure facilities should open on Shabbat. The fighting is fierce, but neither side can claim a decisive victory.
'Any person who comes here, we'll be happy to welcome them warmly, and are sure that people won't be coming to cause provocations in the city,' Bnei Brak municipality says in response.
The dream of a popular secular rebellion is appealing, but it’s a mirage. Secular folks who demand open stores on Shabbat cannot simultaneously adopt the definition of the state as a Jewish state.
The identity of Tel Avivians and the entire country is under threat. If Israel's religious parties indeed declare war on the free majority’s values, they will get a counter war.
Be Free Israel promises intentional desecration of Shabbat if ultra-Orthodox ministers move ahead with plans to try and close shops in Tel Aviv on the weekends.
State Prosecutor urged court to reject petition by left-wing party, said ruling was moot at this point since it pertained only to this past Shabbat's Israel Railways works.