It is being reported in the news that daylight savings time is being extended in Israel the end of October, as it observed in many European countries and in the United States.
The situation with daylight savings time in Israel has been a contentious issue for a number of years. In past years, the religious parties fought to have DST end before Yom Kippur -- the reasoning behind it being that having one less hour during the end of the fast (i.e. ending the fast at 6:00 instead of 7:00) makes it easier for people.
Of course, the entire argument is nonsense. The fast of Yom Kippur lasts approximately 25 hours, regardless of whether it falls during daylight savings time or not. If you're going to end the fast an hour "earlier," then it's going to start an hour earlier too. And the idea that the hour is somehow shifted from the end of the fast to the beginning is just as fallacious -- if you're going to feel a certain degree of hunger and weakness after 25 hours of fasting, then you're going to feel that same weakness at the end of the fast -- whether it's 6:00 or 7:00.
Furthermore, let's argue, for the sake of argument, that the chareidim are correct -- that the fast is somehow easier if it occurs outside of DST. Well, there's a simple solution for that as well -- just pretend it doesn't exist. During Yom Kippur, it's not like you have any outside appointments to keep, buses to catch or meetings to make. On Yom Kippur, you're most likely going to be in only two places -- in shul and at home. So, simply pretend that, for Yom Kippur, DST doesn't exist. Turn your clocks back an hour (or simply pretend to). If sunset happens at 7:00, you call it 6:00. If you would normally daven Shacharis at 8:00AM on Yom Kippur, then start at 8:00 standard time (which would be 7:00AM DST).
It's not like there's an official government official going around checking the shul's clocks to make sure they adhere to DST. So simply change your clock, or mentally subtract an hour from it for the day. This way the chareidim can have Yom Kippur their way and everyone else can be on DST as they wish.
So, why is this such a political battle every year?