Banking In Israel

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All Olim dislike paying banking fees, and who can blame you, the banks outside Israel do not charge for every transaction, whereas the banks in Israel do. Your Israeli Banking experience will not be what you had before, in fact you may find the banking service lacking compared to what you were used to and having to pay a list of fees for lacking service can be frustrating. Yet no matter how annoying the fees can be I do not recommend only choosing a bank on basis of cheaper fees. Sometimes paying a little more for a bank you are happy with can be worth the extra money. in order to know which bank is best for you, go into a few banks before opening an account and see how you feel about the points below. I recommend using these four parameters for choosing a bank;

1. Service- When you walk into the bank there is a friendly feel, Ok maybe not friendly but you should feel you are being treated decently, by workers who care.

2. Find a Banker - The bank you choose should have at least one friendly worker, if you do not know Hebrew this should be someone who can talk to you in English, make sure this worker knows you, for next time you walk in with out your ID.

3. Location – To travel twice as far for a cheaper bank does not make sense, location is important, near home, work or somewhere you pass by anyway.

4. Fees- I’m all for spending less money and cutting costs when necessary, but notice this is last. Once you have found a friendly banker, felt you will get service from the bank the fees are next here is a comparison of a few of the most common Israeli Bank fees. (See more fees below table.)


Bank Leumi
Bank Hapoalim
Bank Discount
Bank Mizrachi
Bank Igud
Bank Mercantile
Bank Pagi

Transaction fee

1.65 NIS
1.35 NIS
1.76 NIS
2.5 NIS
2.9 NIS
2.5 NIS

Teller Fee

5.5 NIS
6.5 NIS
5.9 NIS
6.8 NIS
6.5 NIS
5.9 NIS
6.4 NIS
6.5 NIS

Minimum Monthly Fee

11 NIS
13 NIS
11.8 NIS
13.6 NIS
13 NIS
11.8 NIS
12.8 NIS
13 NIS

This covers most of the banks but not all. When opening a new account ask if they have any special deals for new accounts.

Fee per check book 9 NIS - at all the banks(Some banks offer a discount when ordered on line) 25 checks in a check book

Overdraft protection 12 NIS -27 NIS depending on the bank- charged per quarter. If you go into overdraft you will additionally be charged interest

Transaction fee- you are charged for every transaction in your account, every check, cash withdrawal etc are subject to this fee.

Teller Fee- Charged when you do a transaction via the Teller (rather than at the bank machine)

Hebrew Banking terms coming soon

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