Gov't to vote on proposal to solve bread crisis

The government is expected to vote on a proposal Sunday to compensate lower income population groups for an increase in bread prices. If the proposal is approved, Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai will permit bakeries to raise the price of subsidized bread by 12%. Earlier this month, Israel's bakeries stopped supplying grocery stores and supermarkets with subsidized bread following Yishai's refusal to raise bread prices. Bakery owners demanded that the government allow them to raise prices following a sharp rise in the price of wheat worldwide.