Shas MKs Want “In G-d We Trust” on Israeli Money

By Hamodia Staff

Deputy Agriculture Minister Moshe Abutbul (center, with hand on cheek) conferring with fellow Shas MKs in the Knesset. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

YERUSHALAYIM — The motto “In G-d We Trust” may soon appear on Israeli money.

Several members of the Shas party introduced a bill in the Knesset on Tuesday that would make the words, so familiar to Americans, a feature on all legal tender minted by the Bank of Israel, according to Ynet.

The bill was co-sponsored by Shas MKs Moshe Abutbul, Michael Malkieli, Yosef Taieb, Uriel Buso and Yaakov Mergi, who argued that the measure should be enacted into law since the addition of the phrase would not cause harm to anyone.

As Deputy Agriculture Minister Moshe Abutbul explained: “The Jewish people believe in one simple truth: that everything is given by Hashem, including economic prosperity. Therefore, it’s important to pay thanks to Hashem and proclaim our faith on bills in the State of Israel.”

Prospects for the bill are uncertain. The opposition is expected to vote against it, and the coalition as a whole may not back it either.

Yisrael Beitenu party leader Avigdor Liberman mocked the idea on social media, saying: “A peculiar way to tackle the high cost of living. What’s next? They will ask to put [Rabbi] Deri’s portrait on each and every bill?” he wrote.

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