Netanyahu Tries to Bust Up Israel's Port Monopoly

Netanyahu wants to bust up the country’s powerful port monopoly
Container ship “Irem Kalkavan” is guided by a tugboat as it arrives at the Port of Haifa in Israel Photograph by Ariel Jerozolimski/Bloomberg

Two years ago, Alon Hassan, the union chief at Israel’s Ashdod port, wanted to invite work colleagues to his daughter’s bat mitzvah. When he and his co-workers walked off the docks during a weekday, they nearly paralyzed one of the country’s largest trade gateways, enraging importers whose cargo was left stranded offshore.

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