Israeli Minister Halts Vegetable, Fruit Imports from Palestine

Israeli Agriculture Minister, Uri Ariel. (Photo: via MEMO, file)

Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel has ordered a stop in the import of fruits and vegetables from the occupied Palestinian territories, local media reported yesterday.

Despite warnings from Israeli security, army, intelligence and the civil administration that the Palestinian economy is fragile and cannot withstand such steps, Ariel insisted on his decision.

Security sources told Channel 2:

“This is a populist, irresponsible decision that derives solely from political considerations at the expense of the security of the entire public, including the settlers.”

The minister has justified his decision saying the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture has decided to stop importing sheep from Israel.

If implemented, the minister’s decision is estimated to cause a loss of 1 million shekels ($0.27 million) per day for the Palestinian economy.

According to Israeli media, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can overrule the minister’s decision.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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