Shas ministers abstained from signing Sunday a copy of the government’s 1949 resolution declaring Independence Day as Israel’s national holiday on the 5th of Iyar. The argument: The historical resolution bears no marking of a Jewish identity.
Only after Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai had consulted Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, did the ministers agree to sign the historical proclamation – but not before they added a hand-written comment at the bottom.
The proclamation was printed ahead of Israel’s 60th celebrations with Yishai’s comment, “We must remember that God’s hand was in it and I pray to the Creator of the Universe that we will restore passed glory today.”
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert gave his approval to the new symbolic addition, after which Shas’ ministers affixed their signature.
Amnon Meranda contributed to this report