Israel Timezone Changes -- 2005 and Beyond

Ephraim Silverberg ephraim at
Mon Sep 20 10:56:51 UTC 2004

At 01:00 a.m. Wednesday (Israel Daylight Saving Time), Israel will move back to
Standard Time (UTC+0200) as scheduled.  However, this is the last legislated
changeover date -- there are no official dates for 2005 and beyond.

The latest rumour, however, is that in 2005, when the clock changes to Daylight
Saving Time (date as yet unknown), the move will be a two-hour leap forward
(from UTC+0200 to UTC+0400) and then, in the fall, the clock will move back
only an hour to UTC+0300 thus effectively moving Israel's timezone from
UTC+0200 to UTC+0300.  However, no actual draft has been put before the
Knesset (Israel's Parliament) though the intention is to do so this month.
If and when the law actually passes, I will post the necessary updates to
timezone database to this forum.
Ephraim Silverberg, CSE System Group,        Phone number:    972-2-6585521
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.        Fax number:      972-2-5617723
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