After women’s organizations and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz demanded to include a woman’s image on Israel’s new banknotes, politicians and representatives of social movements are now calling for an image of a Sephardic and religious figure.
Ministers and Knesset members are in favor of including late Chief Rabbi Rav Mordechai Eliyahu in the new series of banknotes. The initiative is backed by David Vazana, head of the Union of Bank of Israel Employees, who told the Arutz Sheva website that Rabbi Eliyahu was not just an outstanding personality, but a friend of the Bank of Israel workers.
Vazana’s stand contradicts that of Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer.
Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has yet to ask the government to approve the new series of banknotes chosen by Fischer, mainly due to Minister Benny Begin’s objection to having the face of his father, former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, appear on the new banknotes.