Grocers agree to hold off on charging more dough for bread

As US President Joe Biden makes his way to Ben Gurion Airport outside of Tel Aviv for the short flight to Jeddah, Israelis are getting some good news on a bread and butter issue that actually affects them every day.

The government says major grocery chains Rami Levy, Shufersal, Victory and Yachaninof have agreed to delay implementing planned price hikes on price-controlled bread by two weeks, after a request by Economy Minister Orna Barbivai.

The Finance Ministry plans to update prices on Sunday, the Prime Minister’s Office says.

Talks between Barbivai and major bakery chains are ongoing “to find a governmental solution to answer for the rise in the cost of making price-controlled bread, without hurting consumers,” Lapid’s office says in a statement.

Lapid will hold an urgent meeting on the matter Sunday, the PMO says.

Biden is in Israel looking for a foreign policy win as rocketing prices for essentials at home have sent his popularity tanking.

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