Former Central Bank of Argentina president Mario Blejer is the leading candidate
among four whom Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is considering nominating for
Bank of Israel governor, Channel 2 reported on Thursday night.
is also considering former BoI deputy governor Zvi Eckstein, former Finance
Ministry director and Bank Mizrahi CEO Victor Medina, and current Finance
Ministry accountant- general Michal Abadi- Boiangiu, according to the
Whoever Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid pick will be
the third choice to replace Stanley Fischer, who stepped down in June. The first
two nominees – former governor Jacob Frenkel and Bank Hapoalim chief economist
Leo Leiderman – each withdrew their candidacy in response to
The list, though perhaps not final, would be submitted to the
Turkel Committee, which is responsible for approving candidates for the
position, Channel 2 reported.
Blejer, 65, who is Jewish, earned his
undergraduate and master’s degrees at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and
went on to complete his doctorate at the University of Chicago.
Argentina’s central bank during the depth of its financial crisis in 2002, but
stayed on for only five months, after which he resigned due to clashes with the
He went on to serve as an adviser at the Bank of England.
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