Israel Railways will perform infrastructure work this weekend, including on Shabbos Kodesh, at the Tel-Aviv-Yerushalayim rail link and maintenance work on another line, amidst the national tumult sparked by Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz’s decision to have such work violate the Shabbos, with chareidi parties being up in arms over it.
Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu was asked by Shas and UTJ to take action, and he did, but this week, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that his order to stop the work on Shabbos was unconstitutional. Netanyahu was told by the court to stay out of any such decisions in the future.
Israel Railways employees who do not want to work on Shabbos will be allowed to take the day off, but the work will continue.
The governing coalition is in a precarious state right now, as a political crisis could ensue as a result of this matter.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel