The Promised Podcast: Would Governmental Shabbat Observance Be a Total Trainwreck?

PART 2: The opposition is enraged by Netanyahu's compromise with the ultra-Orthodox. Has the prime minister been railroaded, and is his policy on the wrong track?

Construction work for Israel Railways on the Sabbath, Tel Aviv, August 27, 2016.
Ofer Vaknin

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A controversy over railway maintenance on Shabbat threatened to derail the coalition. PM Netanyahu's compromise with the ultra-Orthodox angered many in the Opposition, who claimed the PM had been railroaded, and that his policy is on the wrong track and a potential train wreck. Allison, Don and Noah discuss the case for governmental Shabbat observance in a Jewish state.

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The Promised Podcast is an inside view of how Israel can warm your heart and make your blood boil. It’s a radio show by a journalist, a professor and an NGO guy who live in and love Israel even though it drives them crazy, and who each week discuss the latest in Israeli politics, culture and society. The show is hosted by Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman, and Noah Efron.