I’m a patriot
I’m not religious
I serve in IDF
And I want trains to run on Shabbat
Written in response to “State moves to stifle petition seeking public transport on Shabbat“. The letter, signed by MKs Michael Malchieli and Yoav Ben-Tzur of Shas and MKs Uri Maklev and Yisrael Eichler of United Torah Judaism, claims: “Amendment 28 to the Traffic Ordinance allows the Minister of Transportation to salvage Shabbat’s dignity and decrease public desecration of it”.
What about my dignity? Why should be my life controlled by people in strange black lapserdaks, more appropriate for medieval Polish ghetto than for the startup nation? What about dignity of millions secular Israelis stuck in their homes on Shabbat? What about foreign tourists? Why should we pay exorbitant taxi tariffs to get to/from airport on Shabbat? Why should millions of secular Israelis paying taxes and serving in IDF live by laws of medieval ghetto imposed by Haredi minority? There is a growing dissonance between modern democratic society and tight hold of Haredi clerics over life of secular population.