Netanyahu, Herzog urge Moody's not to lower Israel's credit rating

Moody's had already warned government's legislative push for a judicial overhaul would bring economic harm; Herzog says Finance Ministry requests he make the calls

Itamar Eichner, Gad lior|

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Issac Herzog have been speaking to senior officials at Moody's Investors Service ahead of their pending release of Israel's credit rating which is expected to be less favorable than before.
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Herzog said he made the calls at the request of the Finance Ministry which is concerned that Israel's credit rating would be lowered as a result of the public protests against the government's legislation to overhaul the judiciary.
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בנימין נתניהו ויצחק הרצוג
בנימין נתניהו ויצחק הרצוג
Issac Herzog, Benjamin Netanyahu
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Moody's is expected to announce their new credit rating late on Friday and may change Israel's "positive" assessment to "stable," but might not lower the rating score.
Israel currently has a rating of A1 which is considered a medium and upper score and indicates a high ability to repay short-term loans. A change could have detrimental effects on the economy.
Moody's had already warned the government of the possible economic ramifications to its legislative policies which also reflect on its international standing.
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Hi-tech industry workers protest judicial overhaul warning investments could dry up
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A credit score is given to countries, companies, or individuals as an indication of the ability to return loans and is based on their economic stability and strength. It takes into account financial history, assets and prior commitments.
Israel has borrowed hundreds of billion shekels to be returned within 30 to 100 years and although its price index for March, also to be released on Friday, is not expected to be higher than 0.4%, the drop in the value of the shekel compared to the foreign currencies will cause prices to rise and inflation to increase in the coming months, raising Israel's interest rates which are already at 4.5%.
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