The Strategist

Moody's downgrades Israel to A2 due to political risks

02/13/2024 - 09:55

Moody's Investors Service reduced Israel's sovereign ratings (both in local and foreign currency) from A1 to A2.

Zachi Evenor
Zachi Evenor
The ratings are reduced as a result of a downgrade review that started in October of last year. The agency cited elevated political risks that are expected to remain for the foreseeable future as justification for the downgrade.

"There is no agreement to fundamentally end the conflict [with Hamas], nor is there agreement on a longer-term plan that would fully restore and over time enhance Israel's security," said Moody's.

Additionally, the agency altered Israel's rating outlook to "negative," noting the ongoing high probability of conflict escalation among other things.

Israel's sovereign ratings were reduced for the first time.