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A bill drafted by Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz would push back the end of Daylight Saving Time, which currently ends between the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur holidays.

The bill would not affect the time change this year - Standard Time returns on September 12 - since it will be debated only later this year.

Under the current law, Israel switches back to Standard Time on the Sunday before Yom Kippur, which is about two months before the United States does so and well over a month before Europe does, on October 31 this year.

Immediately after the change in two weeks, the sun will be setting at 5:40 P.M.

Horowitz has argued that Daylight Saving Time should not be based on religious considerations, and his bill would end Daylight Saving Time on the last Sunday in October, which is when many other countries make the change.

Among its other benefits, delaying the change would save electricity, because there would be daylight until later.

The opposition of members of the ultra-Orthodox community - who argue that switching to Standard Time makes the Yom Kippur fast easier - is unreasonable and arbitrary, and is even contrary to the Haredi community's own interests, he said.