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Israel decided to extend daylight saving time

Published: 6th July 2011, 16:57 GMT


People dancing at Tel Aviv beach, Israel.

Israel's cabinet has approved to extended daylight saving time for 2012.


The new decree extends daylight saving time from the last Friday of March to the first Sunday after October 1st for the calendar year 2012.


With the current law Israel occasionally returns to winter time in the beginning of September which is two months before Europe and the United States.


The move was suggested by an advisory committee commissioned by Interior Minister Eli Yishai. The committee was founded after the issue came to a head last summer when the clocks were changed in mid-September due to Yom Kippur falling early in the fall.


Religious groups have commonly called for the return to standard time before Yom Kippur so that the fast ends earlier on each day.


"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," said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.


This year DST is also set to end on the first Sunday after October 1st which is before the beginning of Yom Kippur.