Under ultra-Orthodox Pressure, Israel Freezes Construction of Tel Aviv Bridge on Shabbat

'Unthinkable that the sacred Sabbath will be trampled over in the state of the Jewish people,' Religious lawmaker says; opposition members: 'Politicians serve their rabbis rather than the public'

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Israel announced Wednesday it was freezing plans to close Tel Aviv's main traffic artery on a series of six Saturdays in order to build a pedestrian bridge.