US Secretary of Rice Condoleezza Rice has agreed to a request to slightly delay her arrival in Israel in order to avoid chilul Shabbos. She is now scheduled to land 15 minutes after Shabbos ends instead of approximately 90 minutes earlier.
Responding to the report, Meretz MK Zahava Gal-On, a champion of supporting an anti-Torah lifestyle, stated she is pained to hear that once again, “the government conceded to chareidi coercion”.
The change in Secretary Rice’s schedule was due to a request by the Shas Party.
Analysts explain that high-level officials realized they do not wish to give Shas any reason to break away from the coalition, moving the request up diplomatic channels, leading to Rice amending her schedule.
US Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who is scheduled to arrive in Israel Saturday night, will be working to save the latest so-called “peace process” that was launched in Annapolis.
As such, the senior US official will hold a trilateral meeting which will also include Defense Minister Ehud Barak and PA Prime Minister Salim Fayyad.
In the meantime, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni continues to signal progress in talks with Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), with the latter indicating Israel continues to engage in discussion concerning concessions regarding Yerushalayim.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)