The Knesset plenum on Monday passed in second and third readings the bill for the extension of the Daylight Savings Time until the last Sunday in October, at 2 am. The bill, which extends the current DST by three weeks, was voted for by 73 MKs, with 17 against.
Earlier this summer Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar announced he has adopted the main conclusions reached by the DST Committee. On Monday Sa’ar said that “the people of Israel can smile, since more light means more joy. The Knesset plenum voted by a great majority for the interest of Israeli citizens. The new DST is long awaited news.”
According to the committee’s estimates, the new DST will save the economy some NIS 300 million ($82 million). The average length of the DST will stand at 211 days, similar to the model used by European countries.
According to the committee’s recommendation, the DST will start on the Friday before the last Sunday in March at 2 am, and will end on the last Sunday in October at the same time.
The committee, headed by Shmuel Abuhab, relied in its findings on some 60 academic researches and 50 position papers filed by the public. In addition, the committee consulted experts, public representatives and rabbis. Read more at Ynet.