Bill to extend daylight savings okayed by cabinet

Daylight savings would last from the last Friday in March until the first Sunday after October 1.

July 4, 2011 07:51
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The Jerusalem Post

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The cabinet unanimously approved on Sunday draft legislation to extend daylight savings time by some 10 days.

According to the legislation, drawn up following recommendations by an Interior Ministry panel charged with looking into the matter, daylight savings time would be in force from the last Friday in March until the first Sunday after October 1.

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that this was an important and long overdue step: “Now, we will be able to consider how the matter works in practice. This has been discussed for years and it was not possible to check its actual effects, but we are taking action.”

Netanyahu said extending daylight savings time would promote better coordination with Europe’s economic clock, extend daylight hours and save electricity.

Under the bill, daylight savings time would be extended from 182 days to 193 days per year. This issue – debated widely for years – has long been presented as a wedge issue between the religious and secular populations.

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