Tel Aviv District Court Appoints A Receiver On Gadot Shares

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ampal-American Israel Corporation (Nasdaq: AMPL), a holdingcompany with experience in acquiring interests in variousbusinesses with emphasis in recent years on energy, chemical andrelated fields, announced today that the Tel Aviv District Court inIsrael appointed today a receiver for Gadot Chemical Tankers andTerminals Ltd. ("Gadot") shares as requested by Israel DiscountBank Ltd. ("IDB"), as part of IDB's motion to enforce IDB's lienand foreclose on all the outstanding shares of Gadot, an Israeliwholly owned indirect subsidiary of Ampal.

IDB obtained the lien on the Gadot shares in connection with aloan made pursuant to a Letter of Undertaking dated December 3,2007, as amended (the "Loan").  The proceeds of the Loan wereused for the acquisition of Gadot.  Ampal had previouslydisclosed on November 14, 2012 and November 22, 2012 that IDB hadaccelerated the Loan, made a demand for immediate repayment and wasseeking to foreclose on the shares of Gadot.

About Ampal:

Ampal and its subsidiaries acquire interests primarily inbusinesses located in the State of Israel or that areIsrael-related. Ampal is seeking opportunistic situations in avariety of industries, with a focus on energy, chemicals andrelated sectors. Ampal's goal is to develop or acquire majorityinterests in businesses that are profitable and generatesignificant free cash flow that Ampal can control. Ampal filed avoluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S.Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on August29, 2012.  For more information about Ampal please visit ourweb site at www.ampal.com.

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