THE INCARCERATION of a former president, the trial of a former prime minister, aspersions of sexual harassment which put a blot on the reputation of a senior government minister, the recent release from prison of a former finance minister and the upcoming trials of two or three mayors on charges of corruption, may have titillated a broad sector of the Israeli public, but have shocked others.

The above are only some instances of misconduct on the part of high-ranking public servants. The resultant publicity to which each has been subjected has caused many qualified candidates for other important public service roles to have second thoughts, and decide not to run – for fear that a skeleton in the cupboard, which may have been so minor they forgot about it, will be brought to the surface by relentless news hounds and come back to haunt them.

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