Deal reached on defense donation tariffs

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

The Finance and Defense ministries have reached an agreement to release inbound donations to the war effort that have been held up by Israeli customs, says Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich’s office.

Under the agreement, combat materiel approved by the Israel Defense Forces will be directly transferred to the military by the Defense Ministry, which will also sign a customs release for the goods.

Other physical donations will be processed by the Defense Ministry’s authority for defensive donations and will be forwarded onward for unspecified further customs processing.

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