Israelis will move their clocks forward one hour overnight between Thursday and Friday (tonight), from 2:00 A.M. to 3:00 A.M. as part of summer daylight savings time.
Summer daylight savings will go for 212 days, ending Saturday night, October 26, 2014 at 2:00 A.M. This is the timetable used in most European countries, in accordance with the new daylight savings law the Knesset passed last July.
Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar, who promoted the legislation last year, said he has been hearing from many citizens of all kinds how great it is to have another hour of daylight. "We all have another hour to enjoy before the sunset," Sa'ar said.
Experts say the additional hour of sunlight should reduce the amount of car accidents, strengthen feelings of personal safety, and have generally positive effects on the wellbeing and health of Israelis.
Before the bill passed, it was met with opposition by religious parties – in particular Shas, which held the interior ministry between 2009-2013. They argued that DST should end before the onset of the Jewish high holy holidays, in particular Yom Kippur. Shas rabbis believe that by ending DST earlier, the 25-hour fast feels "shorter" and thus encourages more Jews to abide by it.
Others argue that by ending DST early, Israelis use unnecessary hours of electricity to light their homes in the evening and have fewer opportunities to enjoy the summery weather in September and October.
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