Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said on Tuesday that Israel must attack its poor
ranking on international corruption with transparency.
flourishes in dark rooms,” she said, “therefore transparency should be used as a
preemptive cure against it.” The justice minister also remarked on the proper
symbolism of Hanukka as a time when “darkness is expelled” by
Livni’s comments followed her receipt of a report from the Israeli
chapter of the International Transparency NGO, run by former state comptroller
The report ranked Israel in the bottom third of OECD
countries, 23rd out of 34. Israel fared slightly better in a general ranking,
coming in 36th out of 177 countries.
At a recent conference on the issue,
a Justice Ministry representative sought to push back on the allegation that
Israel has zero enforcement actions.
“‘Zero’ does not represent the
efforts that the government and the police are making at enforcement,” said
Deputy State Attorney Yehuda Shaffer, arguing that mechanisms outside of
criminal prosecution were equally important. “Enforcement is not only criminal.
As we see in other areas of the law, unfortunately, criminal law has become
somewhat ineffective in dealing with financial crime.”
contributed to this report.