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July 23, 2018 9:35 am

Moody’s Affirms Israel’s A1 Credit Rating, Gives ‎Economy Positive Outlook

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Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (left) and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on April 3, 2017. Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90.

JNS.org – Global ratings agency Moody’s has changed Israel’s ‎outlook to “positive” from “stable” and affirmed its ‎A1 credit rating.‎

Moody’s report, issued on Friday, noted the improved ‎economic and diplomatic ties with the moderate Arab ‎states and says the agency may upgrade Israel’s ‎credit rating again in the near future.‎ The report said it upgraded Israel’s economic ‎outlook to “positive” because of its solid ‎fiscal performance and economic resilience. ‎

Moody’s further noted that affirming Israel’s credit ‎‎rating at A1 reflects its ability to balance a ‎‎dynamic fiscal environment and a strong ‎‎institutional framework against long-term structural ‎‎changes in the labor market and ongoing geo-political ‎‎risks. ‎ ‎

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon welcomed the report’s ‎findings, saying it was “even more proof that ‎Israel’s economy is stable and robust.”‎

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‎Kahlon announced that “today, Israel’s economy has presented the best ‎‎macro data since ‎the country was founded—the ‎‎lowest unemployment rate, solid growth, a decrease ‎in debt-to-GDP ratio and the highest credit rating ‎ever.”

Finance Ministry Accountant General Rony Hizkiyahu ‎also welcomed the findings, saying, “raising ‎Israel’s rating outlook for the second time in a ‎year reflects our strong fiscal performance and ‎underscores the importance of pursuing a policy that ‎encourages growth while reducing the debt load.”

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