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Friday, August 05, 2005 

World Bank: Israeli Government Corruption is Among the Highest in the world

Israel National News reports that, according to the World Bank, the Israeli government is tops in their research on government corruption:
Business Data Israel’s (BDI) government corruption index showed the Israeli government to be inefficient, with high levels of corruption and a low rate of law enforcement. The study was based on indices examined and confirmed by the Bank of Israel.

The rating received by the Israeli government is particularly poor in comparison with most developed countries. Its rating in terms of political stability is the lowest of any other Western country.

“Israel’s particularly poor ratings for quality of government affect foreign investment in the country,” said BDI general manager Tehila Tamir-Yanay."

"Israel is considered one of the riskiest places in the Western world, with an unstable, inefficient regime, low accountability, a relatively high rate of state corruption and poor law enforcement."
We all know by now though as to where the blame can be laid, don't we?

Add to that if you will another report by the state prosecutor that,
The State Prosecutor's office has received a police file which alleges that PM Sharon's family improperly received more than one million shekels from the Israel Land and Development (ILD) firm.

Police investigators completed their probe and transferred the findings to the State Prosecution on Tuesday. The file contains suspicions that PM Ariel Sharon's Sycamore Ranch illegally received $325,000 in 1999 from ILD, headed by Ya'akov Nimrodi, in return for options to buy into the S. P. Hanegev Company, partly held by the Sharon family. Nimrodi's company did not exercise the options after they expired more than three years later, leaving the money in the pockets of the Sharon family ranch.
That certainly doesn't make things any better as far as reports on government corruption are concerned.

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