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"The ruling is based on live and let live," Naor read out.

"My ruling does not reflect a ruling of value on the desirable character of the Shabbat. This ruling reflects the correct interpretation of the law." The other justices supporting Naor’s position were Esther Hayut, Yoram Danziger, Isaac Amit and Daphne Barak-Erez.

It is too early to tell how the ministers will grapple with the flood of bills on the issue.

They speak of four scenarios: killing both bills, postponing debate, approving a preliminary reading and conditioning their advancement on establishing a team to formulate a coalition-based agreement regarding them.

Naor agreed that while the bylaw does impair the rights of the merchants, it also protects other rights.

The balance isn’t about one worldview over another, she said, noting that the bylaw does not impair the status and importance of Shabbat as national property of the Jewish people in any way, nor does it detract from the values of the State of Israel as a democratic, Jewish state.

Municipal bylaws enabling businesses to open on Shabbat were designed to reflect the unique balance that suits Tel Aviv, she wrote, factoring in the special status of Shabbat, the composition of the population in each neighborhood, how it lives and the character of the city.

Chrisman is one of my favorite local characters to speak with--in fact he would make a great guest on our Landmark Live show--so this is not anything to be interpreted as negative toward him.

Chrisman seems to really enjoy what appears from this chair to be a low-stress job.

Dery initiated the bill following the High Court ruling upholding a Tel Aviv bylaw on supermarkets.

The ministry’s bill would not allow the minister to retroactively undo already approved bylaws.

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