By Anna Sheinman, September 19, 2011
Egypt has announced it will not export lulavs this year, due to worsening relations between Egypt and Israel.
The lulav, a palm frond, is one of the four species used in prayers on the festival of Succot.
Egypt has in previous years exported around 700,000 palm fronds to Israel, amounting to some 40 percent of annual demand. Another 700,000 are normally sent to Jews in the Diaspora.