Users will need to pay tax on their trades to the Israeli Tax Authority. Israeli bank Leumi becomes first in country to allow cryptocurrency trading. The cryptocurrency market is expanding in Israel and the Palestinian territories, but authorities want the industry to be more regulated.
A storefront of the Leumi bank is pictured on June 14, , in the financial district of Geneva. Al-Monitor Staff. March 25, Bank Leumi has become the first bank in Israel to allow the trading of cryptocurrencies. The Middle East in your inbox Insights in your inbox. Breaking News More than hurt in Jerusalem clashes as religious festivals overlap.
Clashes at Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem: medics, witnesses. Israel to top up shrinking Sea of Galilee with desalinated water. Ben-Sasson was also involved in the founding of privacy-protecting crypto Zcash and the breakthroughs in research achieved with his colleagues led to post-quantum secure and more future proof technology that they named ZK Stark.
Even in , Israel and Israelis were very important and influential in the young blockchain space. We are the Startup Nation for a reason. This is true in all sectors, but also in the blockchain space, and a lot of excellent companies, those you haven't heard of yet and existing ones, are raising funds, hiring, and doing excellent work.
I am very, very bullish and optimistic about the whole blockchain space and about Israel's ability to be a leader in that sector as well. StarkWare co-founder Eli Ben-Sasson. Photo: StarkWare. One issue Ben-Sasson is far from optimistic about though is regulation in Israel. But I am sad to say that there's one area in which Israel is really lagging behind other countries and that is in the area of banking, the exclusion of blockchain companies and individuals.
It's relatively hard for Israelis, honest Israelis, who have been involved in mining and things like that to bring proceeds from their involvement in cryptocurrencies into the Israeli banking system. Securities and Exchange Commission, is also the CEO of the Israeli Blockchain Forum, which was very active in the past in trying to push local regulators and legislators to promote Israeli innovation in the cryptosphere.
If even this can't be resolved I don't see how crypto companies can use Israel as a base. Nevo believes that only a clear decision by the most senior public officials, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett included, can change the current situation.
Instead of being innovative in regulation, Israel is conservative in regulation and that is a tragedy. There are around fintech companies operating in Israel, but only 30 of them provide services to Israelis. How is that possible? We should have been the POC proof-of-concept for these companies, but the banking system is blocking the entry for these fintech companies and is making it impossible to receive financial services. Israel should be providing regulatory relief. I think this can only change when the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, and Justice Minister announce that they want to turn Israel into a hub of advanced technology and will tell the regulators to set up sandboxes and take risks, even if there might be some failures.
We can afford to take risks in sectors like fintech, blockchain, autonomous vehicles, and other industries. However, even with the regulatory uncertainty, and the bad reputation the sector incurred in the past, in large part due to ICO scams that often had an Israeli connection, Ohayon is optimistic that the sheer growth of the sector will make its adoption inevitable both globally and in Israel. In Israel in particular, there were also a lot of projects that had made a bad name for themselves.
And so there was a mixed bag when it came to the quality of projects and products in the market. And we don't like those vibes. It feels like people feel that this is an opportunity to get rich quickly. And NFTs enable that. Because first of all, it solves a lot of regulatory issues. Photo: Collider. Ovadia believes Israeli companies can be among those to profit from that next bull market.
When we sent the decks to our investors we basically told them we're going to invest worldwide and not specifically focus on Israel. But all of the recent companies that we invested in are Israeli companies, which is something we are really happy about.
Israel has all the right ingredients to make blockchain or Web3 a meaningful vertical within our ecosystem. Ben-David explained which categories are of interest to Viola. One is the intersection between CeFi and DeFi. This transition from centralized finance into decentralized finance and all the services that will come on top of it.
We also believe in the NFT space. Basically democratizing the ability of any brand to add NFTs to their product portfolio. They'll be able to do so using software platforms. And the third bucket of our investment thesis is the intersection between the application and the infrastructure.
And if you fast forward 3, 5, 10 years from now, to where the mainstream will be. I agree Israel is behind, but I feel it has the potential, the skill sets and talent to actually catch up pretty quickly.
Israeli Central Bank: All local banks have to accept profits from cryptocurrency. Dimitar Dzhondzhorov-CryptoPotato. The Bank of Israel BoI has reportedly instructed local banks to accept profits from digital asset endeavors as long as the source of the money is not related to criminal affairs. The procedure is intended to complement the Money Laundering Prohibition Ordinance, which applies to crypto-related entities and their operations.
According to a recent local report, the central bank of Israel has distributed a draft circular to local banks with a supplement to Proper Banking Procedure The document focuses on money laundering and other financial crimes. Specifically, the move represents a direct instruction from the Bank of Israel to all local financial institutions that they may no longer refuse to accept profits generated from cryptocurrency operations. However, the circular sets out a list of details that a bank should have in mind when processing a digital asset transaction.
These include the nature of the initial funds, the size of the settlement, and the risk classification. On the other hand, the bank leaves broad discretion to banks to continue to refuse in many cases, which do not really create a real risk of money laundering. Discreet, but effective! These are two key words that spring to mind when thinking about the BOI. BOI also took the opportunity to test its ability to schedule the transfer of a certificate of ownership using NFTs.
The transaction was a success, without needing any intervention from an intermediary or a central trustee. The success of the transaction ushers in a new era, as it proves that payment service providers responsible for providing digital wallets to their customers are able to diversify their services.
Satisfied with the success of the transaction, the BOI reportedly asked industry players to offer smart applications that could be developed on the future digital shekel. So, it seems that the future is bright for the digital shekel.
However, be careful not to get carried away too soon and too quickly! Globes points out that the BOI has not revealed all the information about its pilot project.
In the U. S, cryptos, CBDCs, and stablecoins have been a hot topic for some time. Late last year, Chairman of the U. The FED had been due to release its report back in summer of The Bank of Israel released a report back in May on the potential issuance of a digital shekel. Following on from the paper and news updates since, news hit the wires going into this weekend of the Bank of Israel sampling the opinion of stakeholders as it looks to progress with the e-shekel.
According to the report, the Bank of Israel looked for views in relation to the risks and limitations of an e-shekel. The report also noted that the e-shekel was still in development stage, with no given launch date. Similar to the UK and the U. S, the Bank of Israel also reportedly noted challenges. These include impact on the Shekel and the banking system and cost. Security and privacy may be other concerns as have been highlighted by the UK and U.
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will become the first Israeli bank to enable cryptocurrency trading, its digital platform Pepper Invest said on Thursday after partnering with U.S. blockchain firm Paxos. Leumi said the new service will allow Pepper Invest customers to buy, hold and sell crypto. crptocurrencyupdates.com › Business › Cryptocurrency. Bank Leumi will become the first Israeli bank to enable cryptocurrency trading, its digital platform Pepper Invest said on Thursday after.