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Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party.

Secular politicians, as well as Israeli reporters slammed Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) for calling a press conference on Shabbat.

Reporters showed up at Lapid’s Tel Aviv home on Shabbat expecting to hear some incredibly important news that would cause the minister to call them all in on Shabbat, and were angry to learn it was nothing more than a minute and a half long statement about Israel’s S&P’s credit rating, and that he is close to reaching an agreement with Netanyahu on the 2015 budget.

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The reactions came fast and furious.

The Marker, an Israeli financial site, quickly published an interview with the secular (and radical leftwing) Meretz chief Zahava Gal’on, where she slammed Lapid for calling the conference.

She spoke about how Lapid took all the reporters away from their families on their day of rest, for a completely unimportant announcement, and then rubbed it in that he hasn’t even fulfilled his campaign promises to introduce public transportation on Shabbat.

Gal’on, a secular Jew, said what Lapid did was the height on insensitivity.

One reporter said that unless a war broke out, there was absolutely no reason for a government official to call a press conference on Shabbat.

Another reporter said that was Lapid did was an embarrassment.

It was also pointed out by Dani Dayan, a right-wing Settler advocate , that Lapid’s actions, by default, excluded all the religious reporters who would not be able to cover the conference.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. I stand with Israel now and forever from USA and thank all the friends of Israel for their support! 1. Israel became a nation in 1312 BCE, two thousand years before the rise of Islam. 2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel. 3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 BCE, the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity.

  2. I stand with Israel now and forever from USA and thank all the friends of Israel for their support! 1. Israel became a nation in 1312 BCE, two thousand years before the rise of Islam. 2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel. 3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 BCE, the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity.

  3. Even POTUS refrains from press conferences on Sunday.
    Seculars treasure their day of to go to the beach, wash their cars or whatever they want to do with it. What they clearly don't want is to lose that time off. Thus they keep a shabbat their own way. This will be a lesson for all politicians: You too need to take a shabbat.

  4. What an idiot. The quickest way for the Jews to lose this country is to turn away from Torah. History teaches us that when we fail to observe the mitzvot and disrespect each other we lose the land. We need that special relationship with Hashem to survive here.

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