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Monday, December 20, 2010

New bills to feature Rabin and Begin

Israel's new currency, which will come into use in 2012, will feature Yitzchak Rabin and Menachem Begin because they 'made peace' according to Bank of Israel director Stanley Fischer.
Fischer, whose political views have been notably center-left, explained that the decision was because they signed peace agreements with Yasser Arafat and Egypt. The decision needs Cabinet approval.

The new notes, with advanced anti-forgery techniques, will appear in 2012, replacing current images of Moshe Sharett, Israel’s second prime minister, Yitzchak Ben-Tzvi and Zalman Shazar, who were the second and third presidents of the country.

Fischer said Sunday morning that he approved using the pictures of Rabin and Begin because “they were policy makers who signed peace agreements with our neighbors, and it is important to note the historical landmarks for future generations.


Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz strongly objected to Fischer’s decision, which was made after receiving recommendations from a committee headed by retired High Court Justice Yaakov Turkel.

Besides Begin and Rabin, the new bills will continue to feature writer Shai Agnon, and will add the songwriter ‘Rachel.”
It will be interesting to see whether this cabinet will approve Rabin. I have my doubts.

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At 4:30 AM, Blogger Alexander Maccabee said...

Begin and Rabin were both spineless [yes, Begin started strong but in the end he was a weakling who embarrassed Israel just as Rabin did].

How about some 'real' Jews like the Rabbis Meir and Binyamin Kahane, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, and Rabbi Shlomo Goren on the bills instead?

Oy vey.


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