The Israeli fashion industry is struggling.
Last month, it was forced to shut down its entire online catalog because it was facing stiff competition from online sellers in Europe.
This week, the Israeli Ministry of Industry and Trade is announcing that it will shut down two online retailers that it says sell goods from the Israeli army’s Mavi Marmara and its Iron Dome missile defense system.
The ministry is the first in Israel to announce that it is halting its online shopping service.
And the move will come with a price: The ministry said it would be cutting off the service for an unspecified period of time, or until March 2, 2019.
“The ministry’s decision is part of a broader effort to bring the Israeli online economy back to life,” said Naftali Gal, the director of the Jerusalem Center for Public Policy, a group that advocates for Israel’s civil society.
“It’s an attempt to make the Israeli economy more competitive, and that means more jobs.”
The decision follows a spate of boycotts by Israeli companies and individuals against the Israeli military and the military-industrial complex.
The boycott movement has been gaining traction since Israel began cracking down on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement last year, when hundreds of companies were forced to suspend their activities.
According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, Israeli companies have halted more than $4 billion in trade since the boycott movement began.
In the same period, Israeli firms have also stopped more than 10,000 foreign direct investment projects.
The IDF’s decision to close its online catalog was met with outrage.
In a statement, the IDF defended the decision to stop the online stores, saying that it was necessary to provide security and operational information for its soldiers and their families.
“We are in the middle of the battle against terrorists and the enemy of the people, and we cannot afford to be in the way,” the statement said.
The military is facing increasing pressure to defend itself against growing criticism.
A 2016 report from the Institute for National Security Studies found that Israel’s army faced a $2.3 billion deficit.
According a 2014 report by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Israel’s military budget was about $7.7 billion last year.
The Israeli army is currently facing a growing budget deficit of more than 60 percent.
Last week, Israel was ranked as the second most corrupt country in the world.
In 2015, the state’s total tax revenue was $5.5 billion, according to Transparency International.
Since the Israeli government passed the controversial Military Order of Israel law in 2014, more than 50,000 people have been charged with corruption in the military.
Last year, the country’s economy was expected to grow by 4.3 percent, according the Israeli Association of Industrialists.