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Oct 27, 2021

Proposed Law: Daylight Savings Time

With the clocks being rolled back this Saturday night (Sunday morning) in Israel with the end of Daylight Savings Time, MKs Ali Salaha and Michal Rozin (both from Meretz) have proposed a law that would put an end to DST - if the law passes, there will be no more moving of the clock, not back and not forward.

They explain that this would put Israel in line with many countries, especially Asian , African, and South American countries that do not "change the clock" at all and this would increase savings in electricity and energy consumption, decrease the number of traffic accidents, etc. They say a sunlit country like Israel has no need for moving the clock around and not moving the clock will give us extra sunlight later in the day, leaving more time for recreation at the end of the day and will also be better for our mental health.
source: Maariv

I don't know which way is better, but I was sure happy we were done with the bi-annual fighting over DST. Ever since the actual date "algorithm" was set in law rather than fighting over the date each year, it has been a non-issue. Proposing this law means we are going to start fighting about it again - even if not when but if.

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  1. They want to be on DST all year round.

    For religious people who want to daven before work, this is a terrible idea, there are some days that sunrise wouldn't be until almost 8am

  2. Terrible idea - as ES pointed out, if we stay on DST all year round, it means that a soldier or worker that has a shift starting at 7:00 am cannot daven before their shift (even a "Minyan Poalim" can't start before about 6:00 this morning, that would be a full hour later in Winter if we didn't change our clocks)

    Also means that children who start school at 7:30 or 8:00 will be walking to school in complete darkness.

    If we stay on Standard time all year, it means that it will not be possible to do evening activities in the Summer before dark, so a lot of outdoor activity will be limited.


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