Meretz MK Who Opened Abu Kabir On Shabbos: “I’m Opening Hospital Cafeterias On Shabbos”

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz (Noam Moskowitz/Knesset spokesperson)

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In yet another violation of the religious status quo by the Bennett government, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) announced on Wednesday in the Knesset that he is working to open hospital cafeterias on Shabbos.

The discussion at hand was not even related to Shabbos but Horowitz found a way to advance his agenda anyway. In answer to a question by Shas MK Michoel Malchieli regarding the high prices in hospital cafeterias, Horowitz responded: “I’m working to open cafeterias on Shabbos. I’m working to lower prices and also to open them on Shabbos. They need to be open seven days a week because on Shabbos, there are many visitors who come to visit patients and they can’t even buy something to drink.”

Horowitz’s response aroused an outcry from religious MKs and a loud war of words ensued.

UTJ MK Yaakov Asher slammed Horowitz, saying: “The question was about high prices in cafeterias but the Health Minister ‘runs’ to ‘take care’ of Shabbos. This is the true face of the Bennett government, for the glory of the state of Israel.”

At least one member of the coalition was also not pleased with Horowitz’s statement. Yamina MK Nir Auerbach responded on Twitter: “He wants – but it won’t happen.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Whilst Nitzan Horowitz is brazenly opening cafés in defiance of the 4th Commandment, השם is actively opening up a hatchet for this brazen creep to fall down 2 storeys to his סקילה על חילול שבת קודש

  2. How about the Chareidi MKs work with the government to find a compromise?
    How about cafeterias being open but no money exchanged? A tab system which goes under the patient’s name? A pre-order system from before Shabbos? Free cafeterias provided by religious tzedakas to prevent chillul Shabbos (I’m sure a Charidy campaign would raise the money in no time)
    So many options if the opposition MKs actually recognised the need being addressed and came to the table to negotiate.

  3. Bennett goes along with it is hardly surprising as he’s a child of San Francisco .
    m Kahana is a typical Urban Rino
    religious in name only with a lack of conscience of younger Generation added plus