Starbucks Israel is laying off more than 20 employees, among them several who were trained at Starbucks main headquarters in the US with a view to becoming managers of new coffee shops due to be set up throughout the country within the next few years. According to a report in Yediot Ahronot, the move taken by Starbucks Israel is the result of a significant decline in the number of people patronising the coffee shops, due to the hostilities in the region.