Alex wrote:Does anyone know of the popular banks or banks with good customer service? Dan mentioned that some banks offer better accounts than others to soldiers.
Any international banks or American/Canadian Banks with presences in Israel?
Bank Leumi, Bank HaPoalim both have branches overseas.
Does anyone have experience with wiring money into Israeli banks or western union?
The easiest way to get money to someone in Israel is for them to have a bank debit card from a bank in their home town. If you need money, your parents deposit the money locally, and you withdraw it from any ATM in Israel. They are as plentiful as in the US, and you always get the best exchange rate with no fee. You want to use a Captiol One card if possible for charging in Israel, there is no surcharge. Using a Citibank card, for example, carries a 3% surcharge on anything you do.
Which credit cards seem to be more popular, or are accepted in more places?
It's the same as anywhere else in the world, Visa, Mastercard are everywhere in Israel.
Sorry if these seem like poor questions but I don't know the answers.
Dan, good point about finding one in close proximity, I can see that being useful.
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