Netanyahu mulls Bar Refaeli as Bank of Israel Governor

20 Oct
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Refaeli on the red carpet at Cannes. Is she ready for the top position?

Bar Refaeli has emerged as the front-runner in the race to become the next governor of the Bank of Israel.

“We’re looking for a woman who’s good with figures and I can’t think of anyone better,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told associates.

Netanyahu was apparently inspired by her interview to Yedioth Ahronoth on Friday in which she lamented her failure to find a long-term boyfriend and expressed her desire to settle down with an Israeli husband and have children.

“I like the way she manages her personal fortune, most of which is held offshore in the direction of Cyprus, like our gas reserves,” said Netanyahu.

Refaeli told Yedioth that women should be “wooed” with flowers and gifts. “See? She’s already developing ideas to boost spending and kick-start the small business economy,” said Netanyahu.

UPDATE: Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced Sunday they had chosen current deputy governor Karnit Flug instead. “I got confused,” said Netanyahu. “All these women…”

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