Uber is not Kosher in Israel


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Uber's main rival in Israel is the Taxi Driver Union, which is regulated under Israeli law and the Transport Minister is politically dependent on the millions of Taxi driver votes every election year. Add to this the internal security issues facing Israeli's, such as potential hostage-taking by Palestinian drivers seeking a way into Israeli society and you get all the ingredients for a major blockade to Uber's concept. The Taxi's service in Israel uses Gett, an app service similar to Lyft and Uber, which operates the same way but for Taxi drivers.

This has led to an injunction placed by the Israeli Regional Court in Tel Aviv that will be in effect from Wednesday and stops all UberNight and UberDay services from operating in Tel Aviv. This would-be Uber's pilot in Israel. Uber spokesperson stated that it would comply with the court's decision and will continue to negotiate a way to operate within the State. The main reason that the injunction was placed was due to the regulatory requirements that only registered Taxi drivers can operate for a fee. However, this is not so true, since there are a large number of transportation services that transport children, workers, and tourist, operated by unlicensed or specially licensed drivers, not necessarily taxi drivers. Having stated this, Israel is not allowing Uber easy access to the country, and according to many citizens, it would be safer that way due to the nature of the state and its relations within itself and with its neighbors.