The Tel Aviv municipality has approved funding to provide free public transportation on Shabbat by the end of the year. The initiative will connect cities in the central Dan region with seven bus lines. While public opinion surveys in the past have shown that nearly three quarters of Israelis support some form of public transportation on the Sabbath, the issue remains politically charged – Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, head of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party has said he will seek legislation to counter the efforts of municipalities to offer public transport on the Sabbath. KAN reporter Naomi Segal asked Inbar Oren, Deputy Director of Israel Hofsheet, Be Free Israel, which strives for cultural and religious pluralism in Israel, for the organization's reaction to the development.