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Israel Addresses Supply Concerns Amidst Hamas Conflict

In response to the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel, concerns over potential shortages prompted panic buying among citizens. The military advised citizens to stock up on essential goods, as the state of war could potentially last for weeks or months. In the initial days of the conflict, items like bread, mineral water, eggs, and fresh produce quickly vanished from store shelves. However, government authorities, manufacturers, and supermarkets reassured the public that there was no need for panic, emphasizing ample warehouse supplies.

Shortages were largely attributed to logistical challenges and a significant number of absent workers, including reserve soldiers, parents caring for children due to school closures, and employees unable to reach their workplaces due to road closures. The Manufacturers Association of Israel and the Ministry of Economy and Industry initiated a campaign to hire new workers, with over 6,000 already recruited.

To address a shortage of fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes, due to targeted areas, the Ministry of Agriculture increased imports, including a significant shipment from Turkey. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich extended the suspension of customs duty on imported milk to ensure a steady supply. Despite the conflict, global trade continued without significant interruptions, with all sea and air passages remaining open.