JERUSALEM (JTA) — The images of former Israeli Prime Ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin will appear on new Israeli currency.
Writer S.Y. Agnon and the poet Rachel have also been chosen for the honor.
The Bank of Israel announced the new series of banknotes, and its honoring of the political and cultural history of Israel, on Sunday.
The two prime ministers were chosen for signing peace treaties with Israel’s neighbors, Begin with Egypt and Rabin with Jordan and an interim agreement with the Palestinians, Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer said.
The image choices require Cabinet approval.
The new currency, in the form of 20, 50, 100 and 200 shekel bills, is scheduled to be issued in 2012. They will include advanced anti-forgery methods.