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.

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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%...