One of the biggest problems in Israel is the protectionism, which stifles the Jewish state from becoming a world economic power. Ryanair wants to make travel and trade cheaper for Europeans and Israelis, but El Al isnt too happy about that possibility. The above article is from 2014, however Ryanair is expected to start opening routes this year, but the problem remains in many industries. Israel would benefit greatly from opening up its economy further. A strong, vibrant economy will allow it to retain and attract talent. A strong economy will make aliyah more attractive and yerida unthinkable. And equally important, it will enhance security and international standing by leaps and bounds. B`ezrat Hashem, Israel will get to experience a true free market in our lifetime.
This recent election more than anything before has caused a partisanization of something as mundane as shopping. Trump supporters are urged to buy from LL Bean, UnderArmour, and New Balance because their CEOs defended Trump. The same supporters are urged to boycott Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Uber because of the decisions of their CEOs or companies. And of course, Trump opponents are urged to do the opposite. Its even gotten to the point where Trump opponents are supposed to boycott Macys and Amazon, despite the fact that Macys cut ties with Trump over a year ago and Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, has frequently tussled with Trump and backed the court case against his executive orders. Has it really come to this, that we can no longer just go shopping and pick whatever brand suits are personal tastes and needs?