One of the things I enjoy most about living in Israel is the fresh fruit and vegetables that we can buy in the shops.
Virtually all this produce which is sold in Israel is home produced, so that the products available are seasonal. We are now enjoying melons, water melons, grapes, peaches and cherries. (However, strawberries only last until May).
I also find that the fruit and vegetables are sold at relatively low prices and so help towards a healthy diet. It also means that when you buy a felafel or shwarma, you can get free unlimited salad. It has even helped me to lost weight since getting here.
The reason I am writing about this now, is because this week Prime Minister Netanyhau decided to drop the Government's proposal to introduce VAT on fruit and vegetables. This had been an unpopular policy with the public, which would have hit many people hard in these difficult economic times. This decision by the Prime Minister, while maybe making him look weak, at least showed that the listens to the public. I think this is therefore a corrageous decision, which leaders in other countries could learn from.