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The mammoth international shopping experience that is Amazon is finally going to welcome Israeli customers to join the masses.

Israeli companies are reporting that Amazon has reached out with offers to sell their products to local customers via its Amazon.com website under the heading “Local Delivery,” according to the Globes business news site.

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Deliveries will be fulfilled by local merchants rather than through Amazon shipping centers for now, thus facilitating speedy deliveries – 3 to 5 days for standard shipping, 2 to 3 days for expedited shipping.

“Amazon always starts with seller deliveries as the first stage of its activity,” says Nir Zigdon, founder and CEO of eCommunity, an approved Amazon supplier, quoted by Globes. “We’ve seen this happen in Australia, India, and now in Amazon Turkey. Later on, subject to viability, Amazon opens logistics centers and enables Amazon Prime membership.

“At any rate, this is exciting news. Amazon is making giant strides in Israel, quietly and confidently. It is interested in the Israeli market.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.