Israel Post’s Privatization Hurts Kibbutz Beeri and Gaza Envelope’s Reconstruction

On 2 April 2024, the Knesset Finance Committee approved the plan for the privatization of Israel Post Co., following the decision of the Ministerial Privatization Committee to exclude Beeri Print from the bidding process at the recommendation of the Israel Competition Authority.

Zulat’s position is that the decision to disqualify Beeri Print, seemingly based on the notion that competition is all that is needed to improve the national post service, is irrelevant given that there is not and cannot be real competition where the supply of such an essential service as the post is concerned. Postal services are essential and monopolistic in Israel (over 60%) and around the world, and this will presumably not change. The question that needs to be asked is what type of corporation can provide such a service and at the same time ensure non-predatory prices and fair employment conditions for the workers.

Beeri Print, currently the main provider of printing products to government and state institutions, has proven its ability to provide a monopolistic yet equal service to all without maximizing profits. The State of Israel is about to invest a fortune to rebuild the local economy in the Gaza Envelope communities, a large part of it in companies whose success and employment conditions are uncertain. Transforming Beeri Print into the provider of such an essential service like the mail will perforce contribute to this end, knowing that the workers will enjoy fair and respectable employment conditions and that no dividends will be distributed to shareholders (which is what all the other bidders will do if they win).

It should also be noted that the plan presented to the Finance Committee does not even begin to answer the fundamental questions regarding the continued operation of Israel Post Co.’s Postal Bank, which caters to the weakest segment of the population in the Israeli economy.

Zulat’s position paper was relayed to the Knesset Finance Committee with a request to halt a process that utterly harms a basic service to the Israeli public and to walk back the shameful exclusion of Beeri Print, a venture rooted in the community and in Israeli society that is qualified to provide the required service and is a fair and benevolent workplace in an outlying region of the country.

In conclusion, when discussing the privatization of an essential service that will operate as a monopoly, it is necessary to examine not only competition but all other relevant aspects. Biddings for the supply of an essential service, certainly a monopolistic one, should factor in such considerations as gender equality, closure of gaps, the climate crisis, etc., and give priority to corporations that embody a commitment to the aforementioned principles.


Dr. Maha Sabbah Karkabi


Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tel Aviv University (2015), a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London (2015-2016), a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Tel Aviv University (2016-2017), and a postdoctoral fellowship Ph.D. at the Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2018-2020).
Dr. Maha Karbahi’s areas of interest focus on the connection between social change, family behavior, and gender inequality in societies in the process of change and specifically in Palestinian Arab society in Israel. Her research draws attention to the study of family life and employment, using a combined “ethnic lens” and “gender lens” and paying attention to the perspective of Palestinian Arab women, a group characterized by intersections between multiple marginal locations, which over the years has remained hidden from the research eye. Dr. Karkabi-Sabah’s research is published in professional journals and chapters in scientific books that are considered pioneers in family research, work, and gender equality.


Prof. Frances Raday

Professor Emeritus in the Lieberman Chair in Labor Law, in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University and serves as a full professor in the College of Management’s academic track, where she also serves as chair of the graduate program and as honorary president of the Concord Center for International Law Absorption. Radai was a member of a working group of the UN Human Rights Council on discrimination against women. In addition, she is a prominent and feminist human rights activist.


Dr. Rawia Aburabia 

Faculty member of Sapir Academic College’s School of Law, received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research deals with the interface between law, gender, minorities, and human rights. Has published in leading journals on the subject of the matrimonial laws pertaining to Muslim women in Israel. Her book Under the Law, Outside Justice: Polygamy, Gendered Citizenship, and Colonialism in Israeli Law is expected to be published as part of the Gender Series of Kibbutz Meuhad Publishing House.

Dr. Aburabia has extensive experience in international human rights and public law. She has worked as a jurist for the Association for Civil Right and has been invited as a specialist to address such international forums as the United Nations and the European Parliament on the subject of indigenous communities and minority rights. She has interned with Human Rights Watch in Washington DC, and has been a member of the executive board of Amnesty International. In 2018, she was selected by the magazine Globes as one of the 40 most promising young persons in Israel under the age of 40.



Ron Kessler

With over two decades of experience in the field of digital content, Ron has participated in numerous political and social campaigns. He helped run the digital activity of senior public officials, and worked in various NGOs. Ron is a fundamentally optimistic man, who believes that Israel can be changed and so can people. Lives in Tel Aviv.