ISRAEL – Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev said on Wednesday that Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz has made the right call when he halted construction work on a new bridge over the Ayalon Highway during the weekend, since Israel is a Jewish state and the government should take the ultra-Orthodox community’s needs into account.
By the way, what will you do if the Eurovision Song Contest preparations require work on Shabbat?
“This is a question that I also put on the table when discussing this issue, I spoke about this with Litzman and with the prime minister because at the moment the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) is working with the European Broadcasting Union has yet to decide where the contest will be held, so at the moment it is not on the table. My guess is that as soon as the location is picked out, work on Shabbat could not be avoided. We will have to explain to the ultra-Orthodox community that there are things beyond our control, and that eventually, the Eurovision Song Contest takes place on Saturday nights. We will have to reach an understanding regarding this matter.”
So the Eurovision contest will be held in spite of work done on Saturdays?
“No, I do not think there will be any work done on Shabbat, but there will be rehearsals, not work. All the preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest will be completed long before the event, and there will be no reason for work to take place on Saturdays.”