Israel’s Economy Suffers 19.4% Drop Due To War In Gaza

Israel faced a record downfall of 19.4% in its GDP as the Conflict affected the Travel and technology Investment sector.
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Israel’s Economy drops by a huge percentage due to the War.

As the intense conflict between Israel and Hamas started in October 2023, Israel’s economy took a severe hit at the end of the year 2023. The country grappled with extreme consequences due to the conflict

The constant attacks near Gaza forced individuals to get displaced and mobilized significant resources. This has wreaked havoc in several economic sectors.

Information published by the central government. Statistics Finland highlighted the gravity of the recession on Monday and pointed out that in the fourth quarter, the gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 19.4 percent compared to the previous three months. The figure was double as per consensus estimate.

The statistics paint a grim picture of the economic toll of the conflict, as Israelis have sharply cut spending, travel, and investment activities due to heightened tensions and security threats. The war effectively halted economic growth and gave rise to the challenges.

The economic contraction in the fourth quarter of 2023 was directly influenced by the outbreak of the War on October 7, the statistics show.

Even though the economy was not great towards the end of 2023, it still grew overall for the whole year. But the growth wasn’t as strong as the big jump we saw in 2022, which was 6.5%. This slower growth shows how much the conflict and its effects messed with the economy.

The slowdown in growth was due to the wider economic disruptions caused by the conflict and its aftermath. In particular, GDP per capita decreased slightly by 0.1% year-on-year, which contrasts with positive growth from the conflict.

The economic impact of the conflict highlights the delicate balance between Israel’s security concerns and economic stability.

The conflict’s effects on the economy show how closely linked security and financial stability are in Israel. While the country has proven it can bounce back from tough situations, the lasting impact of the conflict on the economy isn’t clear yet. It means Israel needs to keep working hard to handle the aftermath well and create conditions where the economy can keep growing steadily in the future.

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