Israel is to move its clocks backward by one hour at the beginning of next week as the country's Daylight Saving Time ends for another year. At 2 A.M. on Sunday morning, clocks will be moved back by one hour to 1 A.M.
Standard Time, or "Winter Clock," as it is known locally, will last until March 22, 2018. DST lasted for 210 days this year, in line with a Knesset decision in 2013 to lengthen the period, bringing it closer to European practice.
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.
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