Israel’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a deal to allow Israel to sell to the US and other countries frozen produce from its frozen farms, including potatoes.
The government approved the agreement, which also will allow the sale of frozen potatoes in Israeli supermarkets, after talks with Israel’s state-run agriculture minister.
The sale is expected to be announced within a month, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel told the cabinet.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to strengthen the US-Israeli economic partnership.
The deal will be a step forward for the two countries, and they will continue to work together, Ariel said.US President Donald Trump signed an executive order last month expanding the freeze program to include frozen produce and beef, pork and poultry.
The freeze program is aimed at reducing food shortages, but some critics say the freeze can be counterproductive as food prices increase.
Netanyahu has previously threatened to cut off US food aid if Trump moves forward with the freeze.US Vice President Mike Pence, speaking at a recent White House event, said the freeze was aimed at protecting the country from a “famine,” which has affected about a quarter of Israel’s population.