Education Ministry, National Unity party criticize court gambit to block strike

The Education Ministry confirms in a statement that it does not support the state’s attempt to block a possible teachers’ strike via court order, saying that “legal threats won’t help solve the education crisis.”

The statement says that most issues have already been resolved, and that the ministry will continue to work toward concluding negotiations.

The statement underlines tensions between the Education Ministry and treasury, which has been leading the talks and requested an injunction.

Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton’s National Unity party releases a statement calling on Prime Minister Yair Lapid to convene the full cabinet to find a solution, essentially urging that responsibility be removed from Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman’s sole purview.

“Israel’s government has responsibility for the education system, not the labor court,” it says.

“The government should have convened two weeks ago, and not left students, parents and teachers in a state of uncertainty,” it says.

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