Passport, ID cards and customs services close as Histadrut expands strike

The Histadrut Labor Federation on Wednesday expanded a slow-simmering strike in the public sector, which for weeks has put driving instructors out of commission.
As of Wednesday, citizens will not be able to get goods released from customs at the sea ports or get passports or ID cards renewed or issued. The land crossings from Jordan will be significantly slowed, and the Economy Ministry, Health Ministry, and Israel Lands Authority will not be open to the public.
The sanctions began three weeks ago in protest of a government plan to privatize the inefficient drivers license testing process, which the Histadrut said was one-sided.