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Israel Revenue May Fall Short of Forecast, Official Says

June 19 (Bloomberg) -- Israel’s 2012 revenue may fall short of the revised January forecast of 221 billion shekels ($57.3 billion), a Finance Ministry official said.

Revenue from January through May totaled 93 billion shekels, 3 billion shekels less than the forecast for that period, Frida Israeli, director of state revenue, told the Knesset Finance Committee today.

“There is a reasonable chance that we won’t be able to meet the forecast,” said Israeli. “We are lagging behind.”

Israeli growth is expected to slow to 3.2 percent for the year from 4.8 percent in 2011, according to the Finance Ministry’s January forecast. The ministry lowered its economic growth forecast in January from 4 percent and its revenue forecast from 232.3 billion shekels.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alisa Odenheimer in Jerusalem at aodenheimer@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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