The country moved the clock back one hour back on Sunday at 2 a.m., amidst a wave of protest against from the move from some MKs and parts of the public An Internet petition calling to boycott the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) – which is shorter in Israel than in any other country – fell on deaf ears, though it reached almost a quarter of a million signatures.
Most European countries maintain Daylight Saving Time until the end of October, and in the US, according to a law that took effect in 2007, it continues until the first Sunday of November, which this year is November 7.
According to the law on DST passed in 2005, it starts on the last Friday before April 2 and continues until the last Sunday before Yom Kippur.
Because DST begins on a civil date, but its end is determined by a Hebrew date, the length of DST varies each year, lasting between 170 and 191 days.
Unofficial estimates say that the short period of DST costs the economy millions, since with stores, businesses and homes having to turn on their lights an hour sooner every evening. The Internet petition also cited the fact that ending DST causes people leaving work to do more driving during dark hours, which are more dangerous.
Last week, Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) responded to the petition and to calls to change the DST law by fellow MKs by suggesting that Israel actually revert again to DST after Yom Kippur. It was not clear whether he made the offer in earnest.