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Israel Standard Time

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 ישראלshe'on Yisra'el  "Israel Time" is the standard time zone in Israel. It is two hours ahead of UTC (UTC+02:00).


  • Overview 1
    • History 1.1
    • Differences between other countries 1.2
    • Daylight saving time 1.3
  • See also 2
  • References 3



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+2), 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 Shabbat 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+2 timezone 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 קיץsh'on kayits, sometimes abbreviated in English as IDT).

As of July 2013, IDT will begin on the Friday before the last Sunday of March, and end on the last Sunday of October. [1]

See also


  1. ^ Knesset votes to extend Daylight Saving Time (07/08/2013).
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