Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai signed an agreement today banning employment of foreign workers at Eilat’s hotels beginning in January. The agreement includes incentives to Israelis to take these jobs. Hotels will be allowed to employ specialist chefs at ethnic restaurants. Foreign workers in Eilat will receive a seven-month notice before their work is suspended, and will be granted compensations and full social benefits. Workers holding a valid permit to work in Israel will be allowed to remain in the country and find a job in another industry. Yishai said that "the agreement will help reduce the number of foreign employees and replace them with Israeli workers, while preventing any damage to the local economy."