“With [Avi] Gabbay’s hostility towards what is holy to Israel, he completely neutralizes any chance that the haredi parties will join a future coalition of his… His strange behavior, standing by those who harm the holy Shabbat, does not point to a path which will unite the nation. Rather, it shows the opposite: There is no vision here, just allowing yourself to be dragged to the side of those who are not good. This deviant path will not bring any glory.” – Yaakov Litzman, Israel National News, 25 december 2017.
“Together with all of Israel we mourn bitterly the passing of our master, the head of the yeshiva, the great Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman, one of the leaders and lights of the generation and one of the heads of the Torah world. With his unique leadership Rabbi Shteinman was a dedicated shepherd to the entire haredi Jewry, demonstrating responsibility to the people of Israel, the Torah world and the yeshiva students. He raised many disciples through Torah toil and devotion and love of Israel.” – Yaakov Litzman, Israel National News, 12 december 2017.
“Unfortunately, in the State of Israel Shabbat is trampled on because people are paid 250% of the normal wage… There are government companies which work on Shabbat, despite the fact that not working will not place anyone’s life in danger, and despite the fact that the work does not have to be done on Shabbat. But people choose to work on Shabbat because they earn extra… It’s not about taking revenge on those working on the train. Rather, this is a fundamental issue. People work on Shabbat because it’s worth it for them to do so. It is unthinkable that we are aiding this… Ten years ago, I submitted a proposal which would have legislated that those working for government companies on Shabbat not receive extra pay… However, the proposal was not advanced, and that is what I am trying to do today. Unfortunately, there are many cases in which people decide to work specifically on Shabbat, because they earn more money.” – Yaakov Litzman, Israel National News, 30 November 2017.
“I resign from my cabinet position as health minister… The decision follows the public works conducted on the Sabbath by Israel Railways… I cannot bear ministerial responsibility for the severe harm to one of the eternal values of the Jewish people, which is the Sabbath.” – Yaakov Litzman, The Daily Star, 27 November 2017.