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Fischer to remain Bank of Israel governor

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer will serve a second five-year term.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a news conference Wednesday at the Knesset announced that he would ask the Finance Ministry to approve the appointment.

Fischer agreed to the appointment after the Knesset voted in favor of a new Bank of Israel Law that he made contingent on agreeing to a second term.

The law, which passed its second and third readings on Tuesday, sets a series of checks and balances on the bank and the governor. The law currently governing the bank was passed in 1954.

Fischer, 66, became a citizen of Israel in 2005 in order to assume the post. He has kept Israel’s economy stable during the recent global recession.
 

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