The average revenue of businesses opened on Sabbath is higher than week days by approximately 50% and in some cases up to 250%. This means that if some shopping centers won’t be allowed to open during Sabbath, their businesses won’t make enough revenue to continue operating.

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The government approved the transfer of authority on the issue of business operation during Sabbath to the Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri. Yesterday (Monday), a new research was published by a Geocartography company and claimed that 40% of Israeli citizens sometimes shop during Sabbath and 22% at least once a month.

The researchers also stated that 35% of Israelis occasionally visit Tel Aviv commercial centers on Sabbath- 10% on a monthly basis and 25% on a less frequent basis. In fact, hundreds of thousands of visitors visit Tel Aviv’s commercial centers every Sabbath. As of today, out of 350 commercial centers only dozens are open on Sabbath.

According to the research, these centers enjoy a significant increase in revenue, something that comes with higher rents. Some of the owners claim that without opening on Sabbath they will not earn enough revenue to continue operating. The average revenue on Sabbath is 50% higher than on week days and in some cases up to 250% higher.


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Israel’s work weeks are significantly higher than most countries in the OECD. On average, full-time Israeli employees between the ages of 25-54 work 44.8 weekly hours (approximately 9 hours a work day). In comparison, the average of western European countries is 39.2 weekly hours. Only Mexico, Turkey and South Korea are higher than Israel. This situation means that a large portion of Israelis prefer to shop during the weekend.