“Extremely serious finding”: Israel continues to deteriorate in the global corruption index

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The Global Corruption Perceptions Index for 2021, published today (Tuesday), does not add respect to the State of Israel. For the first time since the publication of the index in 1995, the score given to Israel is less than 60 out of 100.

Israel receives a score of only 59, one point less than it received in 2019 and 2020 (60), two points less than in 2018 and four points less than the score it received five years ago (64). This means that Israel is on its way down from the score of 50, which is a kind of red line – countries ranked with a score of 50 or lower are considered corrupt. Of the 37 OECD countries, Israel is in 29th place and is in 36th place overall in the world.

The demonstration against government corruption from the bird’s eye view

The CPI index on behalf of the international transparency organization Transparency International – TI is published in Israel by the “International Transparency Israel – Shil” organization, which is one of the 100 branches of the global organization. This index is considered a common tool in the world in assessing the extent of corruption in the public sector in the 180 countries ranked in it, and it serves as an effective means of obtaining a snapshot of doing business with countries that are perceived as corrupt in their conduct.

“The 2021 index indicates an increase in the perception of corruption in Israel,” says retired Judge Nili Arad, chairman of the Shabil Association. “This finding is more serious in a period of dealing with the corona plague, which requires an excessive degree of transparency and protection from undermining the foundations of democracy. Israel’s low position in the index is a warning sign against the effects of corruption and to prevent deterioration towards the symptoms of a corrupt state. “Similar to the 2020 index, in the 2021 index no country received the maximum score (100).

Denmark, New Zealand and Finland are ranked first with a score of 88. For Denmark and New Zealand this is the second year in a row in first place with a score of 88 while Finland rose by a point compared to last year. They are followed by Singapore, Sweden and Norway with a score of 85. This year, too, emphasis was placed on the difficulty of governments dealing with the corona plague, emphasizing that this is not just a health problem or economic crisis.

For the purpose of the ranking, the implementation of measures to eradicate corruption was examined, including effective enforcement mechanisms and criminal prosecution of corrupt public figures, the presence of public figures who abused their power and authority, elected officials who illegally use the public coffers, including non-transparent transfer of public funds. Personal, nepotism, appointment of relatives and associates in the public sector, legal protection or abandonment of public sector corruption whistleblowers and investigators warning of cases of bribery and corruption, protection of press freedom and civil rights activists and civil society activists’ access to information in the public sphere.

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