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22.05.2024

The 'alte zachen' are ridiculous: "a van is more lucrative than a horse"

The law prohibiting the movement of a horse and cart on the urban roads, is disdained by 'alte zachen' dealers • "it is much cheaper to keep a van. The law approved is pointless"

The 'alte zachen' are ridiculous: "a van is more lucrative than a horse"
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'Alte zachen' calls alongside the jingling of the horse and wagon beats, offering old furniture for sale have long been a thing of the past.

These days formally concludes this period, following a new regulation - banning the movement of animal-drawn carts on the urban roads, except for kibbutz and moshav.

And how do the dealers respond to that?

"Throughout the whole country there are no more than 50 carts," says Yaakov Chai, from the largest transportation company Benji Chai in a conversation with B'Chadrei Charedim. "It is cheaper to keep an old pickup van which cost amounts to NIS 1,000, than to have a horse whose cost amounts to NIS 5,000 a month, if not more."

For more than five years Yaakov Chai had a horse and carriage for the sale of fruits and vegetables in Pardes Katz, Bnei Brak and other areas around the center. Later, he opened a conveying company that operates in the center of the country, and he made a switch to selling old things, concentrated in a huge warehouse in Bnei Brak, "I hardly ever go around," he says.

"Anyone who had in his possession a wagon or horse switched to a van, since keeping a horse in this business is not profitable." He explains, so he claimed: "The new law which will be approved is pointless."

We asked Yaakov Chai if the 'alte zachen' industry in cars is still thriving and he replied, "If you're lucky enough, you can get rich from dealing just with that."
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