Joshua Matza

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Joshua Matza "came to Israel Bonds in March 2002 at the request of then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Finance Minister Silvan Shalom.

"Prior to Israel Bonds, Mr. Matza served 18 years in the Knesset. As minister of health in the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, he played a pivotal role in overhauling Israel’s national healthcare system. Mr. Matza also served 20 years on the Jerusalem City Council, including 10 years as deputy mayor.

"As president & CEO, Mr. Matza has helped lead Israel Bonds to continuous annual sales in excess of $1 billion. In doing so, he has made dependability and cost-effectiveness the cornerstone of the Bonds operation. In a March, 2008 report, Moody’s Investors Service took note of this effort, praising Israel Bonds as a source of funding ‘at favorable costs.’ It also highlighted the dependability of the Bonds organization ‘especially during times of domestic or regional conflict.’ Over the course of Mr. Matza’s tenure, the international ratings agencies -- Moody's, Standard & Poor's and Fitch –all raised their outlook on Israel’s foreign currency rating." [1]

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  1. Leadership, Development Corporation for Israel, accessed May 13, 2010.