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Election Day Proved Israelis Want Public Transportation on Shabbat

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Tuesday was an official holiday in Israel, yet shopping malls and places of entertainment venues were open and, most important, trains and buses, which every week stop operating well before sundown on Friday and don’t get rolling again until after sunset Saturday, were operating. Anyone who was out and about on Election Day in Israel saw a normal, sane, functioning country.

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Everywhere I went, there were lots of people. In the afternoon, I went to Herzliya. The coffee shops and restaurants on Ben-Gurion Boulevard were all packed. Later I walked down Allenby and Nahalat Binyamin Streets in Tel Aviv, and they were busy too, with long lines in many clothing stores. The sight of the bus stops outside Dizengoff Center was a real thrill: The sidewalks were thronged, evidence of the great demand for public transportation on vacation days. Friends and acquaintances, some of them car owners, traveled by train with their kids from Tel Aviv to Haifa or Acre or Jerusalem, or from these cities and others to Tel........

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