After most of the cities of the Gush Dan area chose to allow free public transportation on Shabbos in recent months, the members of the Bat Yam municipality chose differently, Kikar Hashabat reported.
A member of the Meretz party who serves as the head of the Bat Yam city council filed a proposal to offer the public transportation system on Shabbos which operates in Tel Aviv, Givatayim, Kiryat Ono and Ramat Hasharon.
Fortunately, 17 out of 21 city council members opposed the proposal. The four members who voted for it belonged to the Meretz and Yisrael Beiteinu parties.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)
Bat Yam & Herziliya
I have some relatives in Ramat Gan, it’s definitely one of the better parts of Tel Aviv, it may be a mainly secular city but the vast majority of people there are not of the anti-religious type. Most people there are traditional Jews so I can understand the opposition there.