Isreali Diamond Trade
Israel is facing mounting pressure to clean up its vast diamond trade after experts warned it may be vulnerable to money launderers and other criminals.
Global money laundering watchdog Moneyval published a critical report earlier this month, calling on Israel to tighten its controls.
Israel is the world’s largest exporter of polished diamonds, shipping over $6 billion last year, with about 37% destined for the U.S.
It also exports about $3 billion of rough diamonds each year.
Moneyval said it was concerned some dealers weren’t digging deeply enough into buyers’ backgrounds and financing.
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