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Amiram Barkat  illustration: Gil Gibli Foreign speculators behind strengthening of shekel

In Israel, publication of the Bank of Israel protocols on the interest rate decision did not make waves, but the rest of the world attributed far more importance to them.

Amiram Barkat  illustration: Gil Gibli Yaron has no bullets in his gun

The market sees the Governor of the Bank of Israel's failure to use the market intervention weapon as weakness.

Amiram Barkat  illustration: Gil Gibli Mouse acquires cat

Energean's acquisition of Edison E&P shocked the energy market, but the company's sterling record in Israel gives hope that it will succeed.

Amiram Barkat  illustration: Gil Gibli China making deep inroads into Israel's infrastructure

The Israeli public has interests liable to be affected by excessive influence in the hands of the Chinese government.

Netanyahu talks like he wants control of Treasury

After leaving the Finance Ministry to Yair Lapid and Moshe Kahlon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is talking like he wants the economy back in Likud hands.

With S&P's backing, Kahlon can ignore the critics

The bad news of recent months failed to dent S&P's confidence in the Israeli economy and in the government's ability to repay its debts.

Kahlon's legacy: Huge deficits are the new normal

Israel's finance minister prefers listening to people who tell him forecasts are just scaremongering than to his professional economists.

Israel's economic skies darken

The latest macro figures show fiscal policy unraveling while Israel's main economic problem is worsening.

Ending forex purchases to offset gas sales meaningless

The Bank of Israel will continue to purchase foreign currency outside of the program framework.

Rising inflation means rate hike sooner rather than later

While leaving the interest rate at 0.1%, the Bank of Israel is preparing the market for a future interest rate hike.

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