There is rising opposition in the coalition to the ambitious plan by the Finance and Agriculture ministries to reform the agriculture industry to reduce the price of eggs, fruits and vegetables by opening the market to imports. Avshalom Abu Vilan, the secretary general of Israel’s Farmers Federation told reporter Arieh O’Sullivan that it wasn’t the farmers but rather the suppliers and middlemen who were artificially inflating prices. He also defended subsidies being given to protect the farmers since they were performing an “old fashioned” Zionist role of keeping hold of the land and shouldn’t be allowed to fade away just for cheap imports.