Sundays off in Israel?

Minister of Finance supports new bill seeking to create an "extended weekend" once a month.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

MK Eli Cohen
MK Eli Cohen
Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash 90

MKs Eli Cohen (Kulanu) and David Amsalem (Likud) are expected to submit a bill this week that would create an “extended weekend” once a month, giving Israelis a public holiday on Sunday.

According to the proposed bill, the work hours cut short due to the “day off” will consequentially be dispersed over the week, or alternatively, over the month.

Moreover, the trial is anticipated to run for three years, during which the possibility of extending the weekends throughout the year will be examined.

The bill has already received support from Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Likud), who intends to submit the proposal to the ministerial committee in two weeks in order for it to gain additional governmental support.

A preliminary vote for the proposal is expected at the beginning of the Knesset’s summer session, with the aim of reaching legislation within a few months.

"I am convinced that we will have the majority in the Knesset and soon there will be a sabbatical on Sunday once a month in Israel,” said MK Cohen, despite the fact that several similar bills have failed in the past.


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