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Clogged Israeli Port Raises Worries About Food Security

Israel’s Port of Haifa, viewed from from Mount Carmel, in 2020.

Israel’s Port of Haifa, viewed from from Mount Carmel, in 2020.

Photographer: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg

Cargo ships are starting to avoid Israel, and understandably so. The nation’s ports are overwhelmed and understaffed, creating an unprecedented backup of ships waiting off the coast to unload.

Natanel Haiman, head of the economic division at the Manufacturers Association of Israel, says currently there 80 ships are waiting to dock, causing gridlock twice as long as that of a previous crisis a few years ago.