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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Daylight Saving Time, which begins this year on Thursday night, must be
lengthened until November, MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) said
“Just extending DST until November 1 will decrease traffic
accidents, save energy and most importantly give us all another hour of
daylight,” Horowitz said.
“This is the right thing to do, for the entire
public in Israel.”
Horowitz resubmitted his bill from the previous
Knesset to extend DST by one month, which he says will bring Israel in line with
Europe and the US.
Now that Shas leader Eli Yishai and haredi parties are
not in the coalition, the Meretz MK added, the legislation can be
“We can finish this process and finally put an end to this
strange injustice,” Horowitz said, calling for Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar to
review the matter and support his bill.
A spokeswoman for Sa’ar said he
plans to examine the DST law passed in the previous Knesset. However, a source
close to Sa’ar pointed out that as he has only been interior minister for a week
he had yet to study the issue thoroughly and decide on his stance.
October, the Knesset passed a law determining that DST will end on October 1,
each year, according to recommendations of a committee appointed by
then-interior minister Yishai. Horowitz’s bill called for DST to end on November
1, and other legislation offered a compromise of October 10.
law was passed, the clocks were set back an hour on a date that varied from year
to year and was often even earlier than before October, as it was changed before
In the previous Knesset, DST became one of many issues at the
crux of disputes between secular and haredi MKs on separation of religion and
state. Perhaps foreshadowing the current coalition, in which the Bayit Yehudi
aligned itself with Yesh Atid, leaving the ultra- Orthodox in the opposition,
then-Bayit Yehudi leader Daniel Herschkowitz, a rabbi and professor of
mathematics, said religion cannot be used as an excuse for keeping DST
The Yom Kippur fast is 25 hours long no matter what, he added.