Israel to Turn Clock Back as Daylight Saving Time Ends

At 2 A.M. Sunday, Israel will move its clock back an hour for winter.

Ilan Lior
Ilan Lior
Israel to move clocks back as Daylight Saving Time ends 2 A.M. on Sunday morning.
Israel to move clocks back as Daylight Saving Time ends 2 A.M. on Sunday morning.Credit: Haaretz
Ilan Lior
Ilan Lior

Israel will end its daylight saving time on Saturday night, with the clock moving back an hour two hours after midnight (from 2 A.M. to 1 A.M. Sunday), ushering in standart time, which will stay in effect until March 25.

As part of legislation enacted in 2013, which synched Israel's daylight saving time with Europe's, the summer clock (DST) was in effect for 212 days – from the Friday directly following the last Sunday of March until the last Sunday of October.

At the time, the change, which saw Israel's DST extended, was expected to save the Israeli economy 300 million shekels ($78 million). Israel had until then ended DST earlier than most Western countries due to religious parties' belief that the Yom Kippur fast felt "shorter." Critics argued it needlessly pushed electricity consumption up.

Most smartphone owners will see the change occur automatically, but those with iPhone 3 or earlier, Galaxy 1 or 2, Nexus One, or other such phones will have to change them manually.

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