Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has given his tacit approval to test Vice Premier Silvan Shalom's proposal to make Sunday a day off from work and school, sources close to Shalom confirmed Wednesday.

Shalom has been pushing his proposal for a shorter work week for years, but it appeared until recently that a committee appointed by Netanyahu would block the effort. A political truce between Netanyahu and Shalom over the past month has given the proposal new life.

Netanyahu and Shalom discussed the idea at a September 2 meeting. Their staffs have continued deliberations since then and have made progress.

Representatives of the committee, headed by National Economic Council chairman Prof. Eugene Kandel, discussed ways of testing the initiative with Shalom's advisers Wednesday and are due to meet again as early as Thursday.

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