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Michaeli plan to inaugurate Haifa station on Shabbat draws ire

Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, September 18, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, September 18, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli draws the ire of right-wing and religious lawmakers after reports that she plans to open the new Haifa Metronit station on Shabbat.

Likud lawmaker Shlomi Karhi tweets that Michaeli, the Labor party leader, is “buying yourself a front-row seat with the eternal enemies of Israel.”

“Your clothes are black and your soul is black. Go,” he tweets.

Michaeli responds by pointing out that he does not complain when Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu drives around in his “taxpayer-funded official vehicle” on Shabbat.

“But when I inaugurate a Metronit (bus) station that will help rescue Israeli citizens from the siege they face on Shabbat, he loses his mind,” she says.

Public transportation on the Jewish day of rest is one of the most politically controversial issues in Israel.

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