Economist Kalman Shaham, among the leaders of the effort to extend Summer (daylight savings) Time in Israel, expressed hope, Friday, that a petition, signed by 400,000 citizens will convince Interior Minister Gid'on Sa'ar to extend Summer Time to the end of October. In an interview with Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service to mark Friday's switch to the advanced hour until October 3rd, the director-general of the Altshuler Shaham investment house said Israel should be like Europe, where daylight savings ends at the end of October.
Shaham said the benefits are as follows: "Productivity rises. Energy use and traffic accidents go down. There are more hours of light and that's good for everyone." He added, "As a green society, the saving in energy is the most important."