Israel continues to deteriorate in world corruption rankings. The country has fallen to 34th place out of 180 in the Corruption Perception Index for 2018, published today by the International Transparency International (TI), after it had already dropped to 32nd place, two years.
According to Transparency International Israel, a subsidiary of TI Worldwide, the perception of corruption is an objective measurement of the level of corruption as perceived by the experts in the research institutes based on information gathered by them in aspects that distinguish corruption in the public sector.
These include the government’s ability to deal with corruption, the degree of eradication of corruption by the state, effective enforcement mechanisms and criminal prosecution of corrupt public figures.
The index also examines the degree of misuse of the power and authority of public figures, the manner in which public officials are employed in the public fund, and the extent to which public funds are transferred and used unlawfully.
The use of public office for personal benefit without results, nepotism, the appointment of relatives and associates in the public sector, and whether legal protectors of corruption in the public sector and researchers who warn of bribery and corruption are also being protected.
After rising in 2016 – Israel continues to deteriorate
Israel ranks 34th out of 180 countries with 61 out of 100 seats. This is down from the 2017 index published last year, in which Israel ranked 32rd with 62 points.
In the past two years, Israel has seen a steady decline following the rise to the 28th place in the 2016 index from the 32nd place in the 2015 index.
Israel’s score range between 2012-2018 is 61-64 out of 100 without significant improvement.
Israel was overtaken by Botswana this year, ranked 34th, one ahead of Israel. Qatar (33), Chile (27) and the United Arab Emirates (23).
Denmark is in first place with a score of 88 – the same score as in 2017. New Zealand, which in 2017 ranked first, fell this time to second place with score 87.
Finland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands, Canada, Luxembourg, Germany, and the United Kingdom are ranked behind them. The index closes Somalia, in place of 180, and before Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, and North Korea.
As in2017, no country has won the 100th grade or the highest score of 90. The average score for all countries remains the same as last year’s average – 43 or more than two-thirds (70%) of countries scored below 50, indicating a severe perception of corruption in those countries.
Among the 35 OECD countries, Israel ranks 23rd – slightly above the bottom third. This is the same location as in 2017, but a decline from 2016, when Israel was ranked 22nd.
“In the spirit of aspiring to a world without corruption, Israel Transparency International is working to promote the values and norms of fairness, transparency, equality for all, accountability, fairness,” said Nili Arad, And to promote social involvement in dealing with corruption, and to implement these values and assimilate them as individuals and as a society in all our ways of life and among public emissaries and representatives, we must all stand guard for the independence of gatekeepers and free communication that are the foundations of Israel’s existence as a Jewish and democratic state.
It is our civic and moral obligation to act with constant care on the values and norms of transparency, integrity and personal responsibility in protecting the law enforcement authorities, the independence of the legal system and free communication. ”
“The position of the State of Israel on the international corruption index that was published today should embarrass any minister in the Israeli government,” said Yoav Segalovitch, a former head of the Police Investigations Division, who initiated the Nachshon program of the Yeshadid party to combat corruption.
“This is another reason that the government should place the fight against corruption as a national goal to deal with and uproot the scourge of corruption … There is only one party that has championed the struggle against corruption and has an organized plan, a will and an ability to implement it. It”.