A new study conducted by a team of experts appointed by the Bank of Israel has advised the organization to refrain from issuing its own digital currency, the so called "digital shekel."
"The team does not recommend that the Bank of Israel issue digital currency in the near future. We must continue to examine and monitor this field before we can form the proper foundation for a decision on whether to recommend digital currency," the report states.
However, they claim, the main purpose of issuing digital currency is to maintain the public’s access to the central bank’s liability, and this particular issue "is not currently relevant to the Israeli economy, since there is no significant reduction in the use of cash."
Earlier in 2017, Israeli media revealed that the Bank of Israel and Ministry of Finance have been working on a state-backed digital currency, the so called "digital shekel".
The new digital currency, identical in value to a physical shekel, would record all transactions made by the user via his or her mobile phone, which in turn would make it more difficult for users to avoid paying taxes.