Israel was expected to issue two international tenders Wednesday for the construction and operation of two new ports to compete with the existing Ashdod and Haifa ports, Israel Radio reported.
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz originally announced in May that the tenders would be issued by July 1. According to Israel Radio he discussed the funding of the projects with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday.
Upon announcing that the tenders would be issued in May, Katz said that they were part of a program that would increase competition and expand ports to reach deeper waters, which will facilitate larger ships.
“I decided to end the situation in which militant unions take advantage of the power in their hands and get privileges at the expense of the general public,” Katz wrote in a note on his Facebook page.
Niv Elis contributed to this report.