Israel likely will not have palm fronds from the Sinai for this year’s Sukkot lulavs.
Terror in the Sinai and a lack of communication between Israeli and Egyptian agricultural agencies are the reasons that the palm fronds will not be imported, Israel National News reported this week. They are grown in the Sinai’s al-Arish area, located west of the Gaza Strip.
Last year, Egypt banned the export of the palm fronds to Israel, leading to fears of a lulav shortage for the holiday and higher prices. Israel’s Agricultural Ministry then encouraged local palm farmers to increase production.
The holiday begins on the evening of Sept. 30. — jta