The representatives of various political parties criticized the head of the Finance Committee of the Knesset Moshe Gafni, in connection with his statements about the intention to change the status quo.
These statements were made by a MP from the ultra-Orthodox boloka «yaadut-Tora» during a closed Congress and published by the news service channel «Keshet» and «Reshet». «We not only preserve the status quo, we advance in all that concerns the observance of the Sabbath,» said Gaffney. He added that inspectors of the Ministry of internal Affairs, checking the availability of permits of foreign workers will be able to ensure observance of the rules on the work shops on Shabbat. «The Ministry of internal Affairs there are hundreds, if not thousands of supervisors-non-Jews who can do this job,» said Gaffney.
The Minister of transport and exploration Yisrael Katz criticized the words of Knesset member Gafni.
Katz said, «these conversations are provocative, excessive and just unnecessary. It is necessary to respect the status quo in the relations between secular and religious citizens of the state. Any attempt to change the status quo is unacceptable and inappropriate.»
Knesset member Rachel Azaria (“Kulan”), who heads a lobby of Israeli Judaism and to promote the laws on the balance of religion and state, said: “Any changes to the system of control of businesses on Shabbat is a gross violation of the status quo, and we will not tolerate this, said Azariah. The so — called “law shops” in relation to the status quo does not change anything, but forcing mayors to such inspections is a gross violation. This is not and never will be.”
Knesset member Oded Forer (Yisrael Beiteinu) said: «If the ultra-Orthodox factions think that we allow to disrupt the status quo, they are mistaken. The status quo will not change a millimeter. Our group intends to fight to prevent the implementation of the plan Gaffney».
The head of the Finance Committee of the Knesset was extremely indignant criticisms. «Someone decided to turn Israel to Russia. I’m not allowed to openly refer to their constituents? Particularly outrageous that «haredim» give to the media,» he said.