Israel Standard Time

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Time in the Middle East

UTC+02:00
Egypt Standard Time / Central Africa Time
UTC+02:00

UTC+03:00
Eastern European Time /
Israel Standard Time /
Palestine Standard Time
Eastern European Summer Time /
Israel Summer Time /
Palestine Summer Time
UTC+03:00
Turkey Time
Arabia Standard Time
UTC+03:30
UTC+04:30
Iran Standard Time
Iran Daylight Time
UTC+04:00
Gulf Standard Time
Light colors indicate where standard time is observed all year; dark colors indicate where daylight saving time is observed. Time Zones of the Middle East.svg
Time in the Middle East
   UTC+02:00 Egypt Standard Time / Central Africa Time
   UTC+02:00

UTC+03:00
Eastern European Time /
Israel Standard Time /
Palestine Standard Time
Eastern European Summer Time /
Israel Summer Time /
Palestine Summer Time
   UTC+03:00 Turkey Time
Arabia Standard Time
   UTC+03:30
UTC+04:30
Iran Standard Time
Iran Daylight Time
   UTC+04:00 Gulf Standard Time
Light colors indicate where standard time is observed all year; dark colors indicate where daylight saving time is observed.

Time zone in Israel:

yellow
Israel Standard Time (UTC+2)
Israel Summer Time (UTC+3)
Grey colours indicate areas which do not follow either IST or IDT. Time zone map of Israel.png
Time zone in Israel:
yellow Israel Standard Time (UTC+2)
Israel Summer Time (UTC+3)
Grey colours indicate areas which do not follow either IST or IDT.

Israel Standard Time (IST) (Hebrew : שעון ישראלSh'on Yisra'el, lit. "Clock of Israel") is the standard time zone in Israel. It is two hours ahead of UTC (UTC+02:00).

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Overview

History

At the beginning of the British Mandate, the time zone of the mandate area (today's Israel and Jordan), was set to Cairo's time zone (the same as Athens), which is two hours later than Greenwich Mean Time. The unique "Israel Standard Time" came into effect with the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, which gave Israel the authority in determining its own time, specifically to enact daylight saving time.

Differences between other countries

The difference from UTC is the same as Eastern European Time (UTC+02:00), during most of the year. Because Israel switches to summer time on Friday, rather than Sunday as most other countries do, the change of time in spring occurs either 2 days before or 5 days after the switch to summer time in Europe. The switch on Friday is due to having the Jewish Sabbath as the common rest day of the week. Prior to 2013, Israeli daylight saving time period ended earlier in autumn, and the Israeli time was identical to Central European Summer Time for between 2 and 7 weeks during these months.

Israel shares the UTC+02:00 time offset with all of its neighbouring countries: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

Daylight saving time

Israel observes daylight saving time, locally called Israel Summer Time (Hebrew : שעון קיץShe'on Kayits, sometimes abbreviated in English as IDT).

Since July 2013, IDT begins on the Friday before the last Sunday of March, and ends on the last Sunday of October. [1]

See also

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