A planned meeting on Monday between Yahadut Hatorah and Likud coalition negotiators was canceled at the behest of Yahadut Hatorah, as the chareidi lawmakers were angered after learning of the mass Chilul Shabbos that will take place as Israel hosts the Eurovision Song Contest. Prime Minister Netanyahu has given permission for 30,000 workers to be mechalel Shabbos to accommodate the Eurovision, which will take place in Tel Aviv on Shabbos R”L.
According to the religious status quo, permits for Shabbos work are to be for pikuach nefesh matters only.
The chareidi party’s act of protest comes days after the publication on the main evening news that Yahadut Hatorah is demanding entry into the next government as deputy minister in the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs – for one reason only; preventing Chilul Shabbos and individual approval of all work deemed essential on Shabbos.
About three weeks ago, Yahadut Hatorah published its conditions for entering the next government, and its fundamental demands deal primarily with the draft law. The chareidim want him to agree to their vision without giving in to Avigdor Lieberman’s demands, as he is vehemently anti-chareidi in his policies. Also, on the list of coalition conditions of Yahadut Hatorah: preventing public Chilul Shabbos; Housing for the chareidi tzibur and budgeting yeshiva students on the basis of the state budget rather than continuing to having to rely on the goodwill of the Finance Ministry.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)