MK Proposes Abolition of Daylight Savings

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

For some Israelis, daylight savings represents a rational approach to the change of seasons — increasing productivity and reducing traffic accidents. But for others it’s just a headache caused by an artificial scheme.

The latest adjustment to the law, effective as of early Sunday morning, mandates that summer daylight savings ends not in the week before Yom Kippur, as it had in the past, easing the burden for early risers during Selichos and fasting on Yom Kippur, but instead during the last week in October.

This brings the country in line with business and banking hours in Europe, thus facilitating transactions with important trading partners, proponents point out.

But MK Yifat Kariv (Yesh Atid) isn’t impressed by such arguments. She intends to submit a bill this week to cancel the institution of daylight savings time entirely, asserting that the yearly “spring forward, fall back” custom just causes a national headache, Arutz Sheva reportd.

“Early this morning, the sun was almost at its zenith,” Kariv observed. “Sunset is at 5:00 p.m. today and most public parks in this country will not be lit properly.”

“’Winter time’ is unnecessary, depressing and affects both children and their parents,” she said. “As we have managed to extend daylight [savings time], I want to abolish the time change entirely and leave light in our lives.”