Israel Ministries Considering Plan to Cut Cost of Food Imports

An Israel food import program, prepared by Oscar Gass, financial advisor to the Israel Government in Washington, which would cut food import costs by 40 percent, is being debated by the Israel Finance and Commerce ministries, it was learned today.

The Finance Ministry is said to favor the plan but the Commerce Ministry, which is responsible for food distribution and would bear the brunt of any public criticism, is said to oppose it.

The Gass plan would effect savings through reduction in quantities of certain foods purchased, substitution of cheaper foods and through taking advantage of reduced prices of other foods on the world markets.

The plan, now being considered by the interested ministries, is expected to come before the cabinet soon.

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