Palestinians fault shekel surplus for overloading West Bank economy

RAMALLAHAFP Palestinian organizations flush with a lot of Israeli money: it may not be the most discussed part of the contention, yet some caution it is a developing worry for the Palestinian economy.

Palestinians in the West Bank utilize the Israeli shekel however, past that shared trait, the two monetary frameworks are drastically unique.

In Israel, as in many progressed economies, computerized installments are quickly developing, replacing exchanges once finished with bills and coins.

However, in the West Bank, a domain under fractional Israeli military control beginning around 1967, cash is as yet ruler.

Tasir Freij, who possesses a tool shop in Ramallah, told AFP he presently needs to pay a two percent commission to store paper cash since his bank is hesitant to get it.

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A significant part of the paper cash is gotten by the huge number of Palestinians who work inside Israel or Jewish repayments in the West Bank, and who get their wages in real money.

Palestinians stroll before a money trade counter in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 5, 2021. ABBAS MOMANI/AFP

Specialists and finance managers say the development of hard cash chances smothering the Palestinian monetary framework.

Freij worried that purchasing products from abroad ordinarily requires changing over shekels into unfamiliar monetary forms, particularly dollars or euros, yet the wealth of shekels in the market has constrained him to acknowledge horrendously negative rates.

The Palestinian Monetary Authority, what capacities as the national bank in the West Bank, has cautioned that paper shekels are developing since it has no real way to return the hard cash to Israel.

PMA lead representative Firas Melhem let AFP know that the money development was “an exceptionally stressing issue,” causing cerebral pains for banks and organizations.