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30 May 2011, Israel - "Committee submits daylight savings report to Yishai", Rebbecca Anna Stoil, Jerusalem Post


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Supporters of daylight savings extension say clock should change in mid-October, and not Yom Kippur as has been the law since 2005.
A special Knesset committee established for examining daylight saving time has submitted its recommendation to extend the summer hours to Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas), Israeli media reported Sunday. Yishai organized the committee after a bill was submitted earlier this year over the contentious issue.

Yishai said that he has not yet reached any final conclusions based on the report recently submitted to him, and will take the week to complete his inspections of the new report before publishing his decision.

The interior minister refuted reports that the government already passed legislation to change the time change, saying "the media is responsible for all reports regarding daylight savings time thus far."

Supporters of reforming the summer clock say the time switch should happen in mid-October and not on the weekend before Yom Kippur as it has since 2005. Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz had submitted a bill with support from 20 other MKs from across the spectrum calling for a reformed summer clock.

According to Horowitz, the bill seeks not only to lengthen afternoon hours into the early autumn, but will also save electricity and prevent car accidents.

Opponents of changing the current system say the early change helps religious observers in the autumnal holidays.

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