Beef is Israel’s most-favored commodity.
It’s also one of the most underutilized in the world, making it an important market for the country.
Beef has been a mainstay of Israel’s economy for decades.
And since the end of the Second Intifada, the country has invested heavily in beef production.
Israel has been the world’s biggest exporter of beef, and in 2015 it accounted for nearly 20% of the global market for it.
But the industry has been hit by a number of factors, including the financial crisis, a reduction in beef imports and an uptick in demand for beef in the West Bank and Gaza.
While Israel has invested billions of dollars in beef farming over the past few years, many consumers in the Middle East are opting for alternatives.
Israel’s beef production has surged to record highs, with more than a third of Israel the country’s meat is produced in its southern regions.
That means that the country produces an average of 40 million kilograms of beef per year, according to the Israeli government.
That’s almost as much as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt combined.
According to the Israel Beef Industry Association, the industry is now worth $4.8 billion, or 40% of Israel ‘s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The industry has seen a boom in recent years, fueled by demand from the burgeoning Chinese market and the expansion of kosher slaughterhouses.
The increase in demand has led to a huge increase in production.
According to Israel’s Department of Agriculture, beef exports reached $8 billion in 2016, up from $5.4 billion in 2015.
At the same time, Israel’s agricultural production has also been affected by the financial crises.
According the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Israel exported only 2.2 million kilograms in 2016 and 3.7 million kilograms last year.
In 2016, Israel imported just 1.6 million kilograms, according the government.
In the past, Israel has relied on importing from other countries to meet the demands of its beef-consuming population.
In the mid-2000s, Israel imports around 50% of its total beef exports, but only 8% of total beef production, according TOI.
But in recent months, there has been an increase in beef demand in the Palestinian territories.
For years, Palestinian farmers have been working to increase the amount of beef they can harvest in their fields, which is critical for the survival of their crops.
“The price of the Israeli beef has been rising, so we’ve been growing in order to be able to produce more beef, but the situation has changed,” says Nasser Abu Zaid, an agricultural scientist and director of the Fatah-affiliated Center for Agricultural Research and Development in Gaza.
Abu Zaid believes that with the economic crisis, Israeli farmers have also been forced to take up farming.
“I think the current situation in the meat industry is due to the financial situation of the country, which makes us all more desperate,” he says.
“But the situation is changing for the better, so hopefully we will see an increase [in beef production].”
The meat industry has also seen an uptick of new products from local producers in recent times.
Last year, the Israel Food and Agriculture Organization announced that a new type of protein-rich meat called “bait beef” was going to be introduced.
This is the first time that the Israeli meat industry, which has been struggling with food shortages, has made the transition to using protein-packed beef in its products.
While the Israeli industry is in a good place, the new breed of protein is not without its challenges.
Israel is still recovering from the financial collapse, and there are fears that some of the beef being produced in the country may not be safe to eat.
But even though it’s still an expensive and risky product, some Israeli farmers say that it’s worth the investment to produce the meat.
“When I’m selling it, I can sell it in Israel and it’s cheaper than the beef I sell in Israel,” said Mohammad Abu al-Khudair, who runs a local farm.
“The price will be higher than what I buy from a foreign source.”
This article originally appeared on The Jerusalem Times.