Bayit Yehudi proposes long weekend bill

The legislation calls for making up for lost work hours from Sundays during the rest of the week.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
September 9, 2015 18:58
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Yinon Magal

Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett (R) welcomes veteran television news anchor Yinon Magal. (photo credit: FACEBOOK)

 
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Bayit Yehudi faction chairman Yinon Magal became the latest MK to propose legislation that would make Sundays part of a long weekend when he submitted a bill on Wednesday.

Interior Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) has been the political patron of shortening the work week for several years. Economy Minister Arye Deri (Shas) recently joined the idea’s proponents, who include Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) and Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky.

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“A country that sanctifies the Sabbath must provide another day off in which its citizens can feel that their freedom is not being limited,” Magal wrote in the bill.

Magal said it was the right time to submit the bill, due to the current controversy over whether professional soccer games should be played on Shabbat. Making Sunday a day off would provide a day when all citizens could enjoy sporting events and other leisure activities, regardless of their level of religious observance, he said.

The legislation calls for making up for lost work hours from Sundays during the rest of the week. An additional half hour would be added to work days Monday through Thursday, and Fridays would become half days of work.

Magal said the bill would enable Israel to fit itself into the modern international working week while maintaining the amount of work hours that are standard around the world.

A source close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who would be involved in approving and implementing such a decision said there were many advantages and disadvantages to changing the status quo on the issue, and that he looked forward to seeing the recommendations of the governmental committee that has been examining the subject.



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