Liberman slams ‘religious coercion,’ vows to vote against minimarkets bill

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman doubles down on his criticism of the bill to shutter minimarkets on the Jewish day of rest.

Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu coalition party, along with several other coalition lawmakers — Likud’s Yehudah Glick and Sharren Haskel and Kulanu’s Rachel Azaria — have previously announced they would vote against the proposed legislation, which was tentatively scheduled for its first vote on Monday evening.

“With the help of God, the minimarkets bill won’t pass,” he quips at the weekly Yisrael Beytenu faction meeting. “I am in favor of Jewish tradition, I am in favor of Jewish values, and I strongly oppose religious coercion,” says Liberman

— Marissa Newman

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