The long weekend proposal by Minister of Negev and Galilee Development
Silvan Shalom, which Globes was the first to report, may be gaining
momentum. Hebrew daily Yediot Ahronot reported that Bank of Israel Governor Prof. Stanley Fischer supports it. Yediot
that Israelis work Friday mornings in exchange for taking Sunday off, as
per practice in most of the world. He proposes that the Friday workday
end at 1 pm during winter and 2 pm during Daylight Savings Time. He
claims that the long weekend will boost productivity and improve
efficiency through better coordination with the world.
said that Fischer supports the proposal in principle, and that
he is monitoring the issue. The Bank of Israel said, "Governor Fischer
has not yet reached his decision on the matter."