The Bank of Israel did say that it would explore the creation of a digital shekel – but mainly with an eye toward capturing lost tax revenue.
The IRS considers cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin as property for federal tax purposes, meaning any profits or losses from the sale or exchange of the virtual coins should be reported.
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The latest tumble leaves bitcoin more than 40 percent down from the record highs of around $20,000 reached in mid-December.
Buffett's comments come a day after JPMorgan & Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon said he regrets calling bitcoin a fraud.
There have been public complaints that Israeli banks were making it difficult for some customers to transfer money from their accounts to buy bitcoin.