Daylight Saving Time in Israel Goes Into Effect Overnight Thursday

At 2 A.M. clocks moved one hour forward to 3 A.M.

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A beach in Tel Aviv, March 24, 2020
A beach in Tel Aviv, March 24, 2020Credit: Moti Milrod

Israel started daylight saving time Thursday night, with clocks moving forward one hour from 2 A.M. to 3 A.M.

This comes after Interior Minister Arye Dery's suggested that daylight savings should be postponed until May 1 in an attempt to reduce people going outside, a move that was not adopted. Daylight saving time will be in place until October 25.

Dery planned to have the government approve the delay under emergency regulations, thereby bypassing the Knesset. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit also gave their support for the delay. 

However, Dery decided not to go ahead with the delay at the recommendation of National Security Council Director Meir Ben Shabbat, who said it would cause technical difficulties.

In 2013, the Knesset approved the implementation of daylight saving time in Israel, following Europe’s schedule. It lasts from the Friday before the last Sunday of March until the last Sunday of October.

Manually update your phone's time

People with mobile phones who don't select "auto network time" or users who don't trust the auto-update mechanism can manually update the time on their device. Even after switching to manual setup, it is possible to switch back to automatic settings.


Android menus vary by model, but usually time settings are in the general settings menu of the device or within the clock settings. In the Settings menu, click "Date & Time." Automatic date and time should now be turned off. Next, select the appropriate time zone - Jerusalem - and manually adjust the time and date.


In the Settings menu, click "General." Select "Date & Time" and deselect "Automatic" Next, click on the appropriate time zone and adjust the clock manually.