Israel new notes to feature poets, not politicians

According to a press release dated 10 March 2011, the Bank of Israel has announced that poets and scholars—specifically, Natan Alterman, Leah Goldberg, Shaul Tchernichovsky, and Rachel the Poetess—will be featured on new Israeli banknotes which will be issued over three years, starting in 2012. The bank’s choices must be approved by the government.