Israel shows increase in public corruption in international survey

Country seen increasingly corrupt since 2016 in Corruption Perceptions Index and most corrupt among OECD members; chair of local Transparency International branch says ranking is warning sign for future

Itamar Eichner|Updated:
Israel ranked 59 out of 100, according to the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), released on Tuesday, in perceived levels of public corruption.
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  • Israel's ranking declined from 64th place in 2016 and is the first time it dropped below 60.
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    Illustration: Public corruption survey
    Illustration: Public corruption survey
    Illustration: Public corruption survey
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    The CPI is a product of Transparency International which measures 180 nations world-wide and is an effective means to determine the advisability of business transactions between countries, seen as corrupt.
    Since 2016, Israel's corruption levels increased according to the survey.
    Israel's ranking is worst among the 37 OECD members, after it dropped four places compared to the 2020 survey. Poland, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Hungary are also seen as corrupt according to the CPI.
    Former Judge Nili Arad, who heads the local Transparency International branch said the 2021 survey is indication of corruption spreading in Israel, which was compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, that was harmful to the foundations of democracy.
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    בנימין נתניהו הגיע לבית המשפט בעת עדותו של ניר חפץ
    Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center) during his trial for corruption
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    "Israel's poor ranking is a warning sign," she said.
    As in 2020, the 2021 survey did not rank any of the nations with the highest possible number.
    Denmark, Finland and New Zealand were all given the ranking of 88, followed by Sweden, Singapore and Norway, which were placed at 85.
    The United States was ranked 67 for the second year in a row, down from 75 in 2015. Britain also showed increased corruption
    First published: 11:18, 01.25.22
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