Israel health minister resigns over Sabbath rail works

Source: BBC News

An Israeli government minister has resigned in a dispute about railway maintenance on the Sabbath.

The Health Minister, Yaakov Litzman, is a member of the ultra-orthodox United Torah Judaism party that helps keep Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition in power.

Ultra-orthodox Jews object to work being carried out on the Sabbath – the Jewish day of rest.

However, the coalition does not appear to be in jeopardy for now.

A spokesman for Mr Litzman’s party told AFP it had no plans to leave the coalition “at this stage”.

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