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03 July 2011, Israel - "Cabinet Approves Extension of Daylight Savings Time", Israel Prime Minister's Office


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Cabinet Approves Extension of Daylight Savings Time
The Cabinet today unanimously approved draft legislation to extend daylight savings time, pursuant to the recommendations of the committee chaired by Dan Kehat, which was appointed by Interior Minister Eli Yishai.

According to the legislation, daylight savings time will be extended to an average of 193 days, as opposed to 182 today. The shift to daylight savings time will come into effect at 02:00 on the Friday of the last week in March and will end at 02:00 on the Sunday after October 1.

Extending daylight savings time will promote better coordination with Europe's economic clock, extend daylight hours and save electricity and resources for the Israeli economy. In order to hasten completion of the legislation so that it might take effect this year, the Cabinet authorized the Ministerial Committee on Legislation to discuss the draft and submit it to the Knesset.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that this was an important and long overdue step: "Now, we will be able to consider how the issue works in practice. This has been discussed for years and it was not possible to check its actual effects, but we are taking action."

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