The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This paper provides a technical report on the work of the Banking Supervision Department of the Bank of Israel. Banking supervision in Israel follows a very rigorous and comprehensive approach. Supervisory practice at the Banking Supervision Department matches and at times exceeds in many respects the standard practices in other developed economies, both in the scope of regulation and the intensity and depth of risk assessments. This explains the Bank of Israel's success in maintaining financial stability during the global financial crisis and has substantially benefited Israel's economy and its society as a whole.