Yom Haatzmaut will be celebrated on a Thursday each year, according to a bill authorized by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.
Ministers unanimously voted in favor of the bill proposed by MK Lia Shemtov (Yisrael Beytenu), which makes Independence Day on the Thursday of the week in which the fifth day of the Hebrew month of Iyyar falls.
According to Shemtov, Israel's founders did not realize that Yom Haatzmaut falls on Fridays and Saturdays in many years. When that happens, independence is celebrated on a Thursday.
The Yisrael Beytenu MK explained that her bill will not cost the state anything, and will make it easier for employers and municipalities to prepare for the holiday.
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