The Take: How long can Israel afford its war on Gaza?

As its assault on Gaza continues, what’s the economic cost for Israel?

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish people walk past a shop which buys and sells used religious Jewish books on a commercial street in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood, January 2, 2023
Israeli economic activity has fallen, and consumption is down since the start of the war in Gaza [Ammar Awad/Reuters]

Tourism is down, many businesses are empty and the economic costs of Israel’s war on Gaza are mounting. With a $15bn increased war budget and military spending reaching new heights under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, how long can Israel’s economy withstand the fight?

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Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Sarí el-Khalili, Ashish Malhotra and Negin Owliaei with our host Malika Bilal. Fahrinisa Campana fact-checked this episode.

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Joe Plourde mixed this episode. Our lead of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik, and Adam Abou-Gad is our engagement producer.

Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer. Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera