The Israeli currency rose to its highest rate since April 1996 against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday, according to exchange rates issued by Israel’s central bank.

The shekel’s exchange rate against the dollar was set at 3.134 shekels for 1 dollar, lowest since April 9, 1996, when a rate of 3.131 was set.

This is the 17th daily decline of the dollar against the shekel in the last 20 trading days.

Since the beginning of 2021, the dollar has fallen by 2.25 percent against the shekel, and since the beginning of 2020 has completed a fall of 9.21 percent.

Gad Lior, senior analyst for Yedioth Ahronoth daily newspaper, told Xinhua that the jump in the shekel against the dollar is explained by a surplus in Israel’s balance of payments, a large amount of dollars entering Israel from natural gas production, and dollar conversions by hi-tech companies to pay salaries in shekels.

“Also, the drop in the number of Israelis going abroad, due to the coronavirus pandemic, has accordingly reduced dollar purchases,” he added. “All of this causes an oversupply of billions of dollars.”


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