The Farmers Union says that the recent doubling of tomato prices is due to rocket attacks from Gaza leading up to and during Operation Pillar of Defense.

In a report by Globes online business magazine, the farmers’ organization said that tomato growres in the south had difficulty reaping their tomatoes or tending their fields, leading to significant crop losses.  Farmers in the Eshkol region produce 70% of Israel’s tomatoes.

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Pepper, turnip, potato and cucumber prices are also expected to rise in the short term.

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Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

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