Man looks at his watch daylight savings DST 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/David Gray)
Daylight saving time will be extended until the end of October, as in most
European countries, Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar announced on
“An extra hour of light will improve the quality of life of
Israeli citizens,” Sa’ar wrote on Facebook.
He added that he had sent a
memo to his ministry to change the DST law, and he planned to bring the
amendment to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation and the Knesset before the
current session ends, on August 4, so the change will be made this
“The new DST is a light unto Israel,” Sa’ar wrote.
extension hopes to brings an end to a years-long saga marked by disputes between
secular and haredi MKs on separation of religion and state.
Horowitz (Meretz), who led the battle for a longer DST and proposed a bill
extending it until November 1, commended Sa’ar for deciding on the
“After a battle that lasted years, the Interior Ministry finally
understands the advantages of a long DST, until the end of October like the rest
of the world, as I proposed,” Horowitz said.
The Meretz MK said he would
do all he could in the Knesset to make sure the change went into effect this
Last October, the Knesset passed a law determining that DST would
end on October 1, each year, according to recommendations of a committee
appointed by then-interior minister Eli Yishai.
Before the law was
changed last year, the clocks were set back an hour on a date that varied from
year to year and was often earlier than October 1, as it was changed the weekend
before Yom Kippur.
Yishai declined to comment on Wednesday’s
Uriel Lynn, president of the Federation of Israeli Chambers
of Commerce, praised the change, saying “it took into consideration the needs of
all kinds of populations in Israel and will contribute to the welfare of the
business world and all citizens.”
According to Lynn, extending DST has a
significant psychological influence, because there will be more hours of light
and time to spend with family.
“Every additional hour of light encourages
consumption of leisure services and will increase revenue in the trade and
services sector, which creates jobs,” he said.