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“Dear Israeli government: Get out of our dinner plate. The state will not dictate to us what we are and are not allowed to eat. When we set up the government we will revoke the directive.”

For the first time, the transitional government has blocked the import of non-kosher meat into the state of Israel — a directive which Blue and White co-chairperson MK Yair Lapid has vowed to repeal as soon as his party takes control of the government.

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The price of non-kosher meat, including pork and shellfish as well as other non-kosher seafood products, will likely skyrocket as a result, Israel’s Channel 2 television news reported this weekend.

When the Rabin government was established in 1992, however, the Orthodox Sephardic Shas party also demanded a law against the import of non-kosher meat, and threatened to block completion of a coalition if Rabin refused – hence the law that came into existence. A compromise was reached, which excluded from the law non-kosher seafood, pork parts, pork fat and non-kosher hot dogs.

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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.
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