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Law Requires IDF Buy 'Blue and White' Uniforms

The government on Sunday approved an extension of a law that requires the IDF and security forces to buy Israeli-made uniforms
By David Lev
First Publish: 5/19/2013, 6:45 PM

MK Shelly Yechimovich
MK Shelly Yechimovich
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The government on Sunday approved an extension of a temporary measure that requires the IDF and security forces to buy Israeli-made uniforms.

The extension, proposed by MK Shelly Yachimovich (Labor), requires all branches of official security forces in Israel, including the army, police, Border Patrol, and other units to buy Israeli-made goods in an open tender, unless the price offered by foreign competitors is less than half the price offered by Israeli manufacturers. Of the Israeli manufacturers, the forces can choose the supplier they want, usually the cheapest one.

The temporary measure was enacted several years ago in response to a spate of closings by garment manufacturers, and reports that security forces were supplying their troops with foreign-made uniforms. It is estimated that the law has so far ensured employment for over 1,000 individuals in Israel.

The law passed after Economics Minister Naftali Bennett informed the cabinet that he supported it. Yachimovich thanked Bennett and other ministers for their support, saying that “extension of the law will ensure that we can preserve thousands of jobs in the periphery, from Sderot in the south to Kiryat Shemona in the north. It has again been proven that even without phony government 'welfare to work' programs, government intervention can bring real benefit to families for a relatively low cost, and enable those families to act as engines for economic growth in their communities.”