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Private Or Public Transportation?

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
I'm not sure what I feel about this..
last week there was a, I thought funny, altercation between some Israelis on Facebook and Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz. Some people went on the offensive demanding public transportation on Shabbos and directly attacked Katz on the matter. Katz brushed them off saying it has been the status quo since the foundation of the State, not something he is responsible for though he has no intention to change it. He add that they should go complain to Herzog about public transportation on Shabbos. There was some childish back and forth, and obviously a post or two on Facebook is not going to change government policy.
Now, a petition is circulating to not allow government ministers to drive in their government-allocated automobiles on Shabbos, as long as there is no public transportation on Shabbos. These vehicles are funded by taxpayer money, so just like buses and trains cannot be operated on Shabbos, neither should these vehicles.
I guess these cars are just as much "public transportation", on a smaller scale, as a bus and a train, by their argument.
What do you think? should it be considered private use or public transportation?
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