cottage cheese 311 R.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Tnuva cottage cheese in Bucharest costs some two shekels less than it does in
Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu discovered on his trip Wednesday to
Romania – saying he was weighing opening the Israeli dairy market to imports to
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Netanyahu, at a press conference with Romanian Prime
Minister Emil Boc, said he would convene a meeting of his economic ministers
next week to discuss ways to bring down the price of dairy products, and that
importing them could be a first step.
“Israeli citizens understand that
food in Israel – first and foremost, dairy products – is very, very expensive,”
he said, asking why Tnuva cottage cheese produced in Romania sells for NIS 4 –
roughly two shekels cheaper than what it costs in Israel.
he discussed with his Romanian counterpart the possibility of importing Romanian
dairy products to break the monopoly in Israel.
“Romania is only a
two-hour flight from Israel,” he said, “and it is possible to import from it,
and other nearby countries, products in order to create
competition. Imports will create competition, and competition spurs a
lowering of prices.”