Israel: Bill Demands at Least 1 Vegan Alternative in Restaurants


veganA bill sponsored by MKs Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) and Aryeh Deri (Shas) seeks to compel meat restaurants in the workplace and in public buildings to offer at least one vegetarian dish as an alternative. The MKs feel the bill is beneficial to both the environment and to the health of the general public.

The bill defines the setting in which this would become law includes a workplace with 20 or more employees, hospitals, government offices, schools, and traveler depots. The alternative dish may not contain meat, fish, dairy, or eggs and is cannot be less significant in size and nutritional value than meat dishes offered. Violators could face 1 year imprisonment or a fine.

The MKs point out that 62% of Israelis are overweight so it is time to begin concerning ourselves with the health of the nation.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Meretz and Shas together. How appropriate. It’s none of their business what a privately owned restaurant has on its menu. You don’t like it, start your own.