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Israel’s Grave Financial Situation Depicted in Supreme Court

The extent of the grave financial crisis facing Israel was bared in the Supreme Court here today when a representative of the Finance Ministry, appearing in a case before the court, testified that Israel’s currency was only backed by two percent of its value in foreign currency.

The Finance Ministry official stated that the Treasury held only 2,000,000 pounds in foreign currency as coverage for 100,000,000 pounds of currency in circulation. He said that when the Jewish state was established in May, 1948, the entire currency in circulation was backed by foreign exchange holdings and that some two years later, in the summer of 1950, the currency in circulation was supported to the extent of 45 percent.