In Boost to Online Shopping, Israel Takes Aim at Import Barriers

A government panel aims to put an end to import monopolies, boost Internet trading and maybe even coax Amazon and eBay to open logistics centers in Israel.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett tells the story of a colleague who bought his son a puzzle on the Internet for $10 (less than NIS 40). In Israel, Bennett noted, the same item costs NIS 170 - after a 30% discount.