Netanyahu says Israel will increase foreign workforce, allow over 300,000 to enter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the cabinet has decided to ease regulations and “significantly increase” the foreign worker quota in Israel as the country faces a labor shortage amid the Gaza war.

Among the steps Israel will take is to allow entry of more than 300,000 foreign workers, or up to 3.3% of the population. The statement says this is meant to cover shortages across the economy, including in construction, agriculture and nursing.

“This is an important decision for businesses, for our economy and also for our security,” says Netanyahu.

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