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Israel: Attorney General Announces Intent to Indict Prime Minister for Bribery, Fraud, and Breach of Trust, Pending a Hearing

(Mar. 5, 2019) On February 28, 2019, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced his intention to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges stemming from three investigations, pending a hearing. (The Attorney General, The Decision of the Attorney General Regarding the Cases Under Investigation in Which the Prime Minister Was Questioned as a Suspect […]

Israel: Ministry of Transport Issues Regulations on Autonomous Vehicle Testing

(Jan. 29, 2019) On May 31, 2018, Israel’s Ministry of Transport issued the Transportation (Amendment No. 12) Regulations, which authorize the National Traffic Controller to exempt vehicle operators conducting experiments in new technologies from requirements under the Transportation Regulations. Such exemptions may be obtained following consultation with the licensing authority and a police officer, and […]

Israel Establishes Interagency Team for Coordinating Regulation of Virtual Assets

(Dec. 28, 2018) Israel’s central bank, the Bank of Israel, announced on December 18, 2018, the establishment of an interagency team for regulatory coordination in the area of virtual assets. In the view of the Israeli financial system’s regulators, cooperation is necessary because of Israeli industrial developments based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) uses and […]

Israel Becomes a Member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

(Dec. 14, 2018) Israel became a full member of the FATF on December 10, 2018, following the publication of the FATF’s mutual evaluation report. (Israel Becomes a Member of the FATF, FATF (Dec. 10, 2018); FATF, Anti-money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Measures, Israel: Mutual Evaluation Report (Dec. 2018).) Congratulating Israel on its membership, FATF President […]

Israel: Tax Authority Notifies Cryptocurrency Owners of Tax Obligations

(Dec. 13, 2018) The Israel Tax Authority (ITA) has recently notified hundreds of Israelis it has identified as receiving income from cryptocurrency that they are required to report on their transactions in bitcoin and other cryptocurrency. The ITA does not consider cryptocurrency as currency but rather as assets subject to property tax at a rate […]

Israel: Amendment Law Passed Allowing Early Release to Accommodate Prison Living-Space Requirements

(Dec. 12, 2018) On November 5, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) passed the Prisons Ordinance (Amendment No. 54 Temporary Provision) Law, 5779-2018 (Amendment Law) (SEFER HAHUKIM [SH] [BOOK OF LAWS] (official gazette) 5779 No. 2755 p. 44, Ministry of Justice website (in Hebrew; click on issue no. 2755). The Amendment Law is designed to enable […]

Israel: Knesset Passes Additional Provisions on Police Testing of Drivers’ Alcohol and Drug Levels

(Dec. 6, 2018) On November 5, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) passed an amendment law with new provisions regarding the testing of drivers’ blood and alcohol levels by the police. (Transportation Ordinance (Amendment No. 125) Law, 5779-2018 (SEFER HAHUKIM [SH] [BOOK OF LAWS] (official gazette) 5778 No. 2755 p. 40, Ministry of Justice website (in […]