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Global index ranks Israel more corrupt than ever

The Israeli public sector is perceived to be more corrupt now than it has been at any other time in the last 15 years, according to a global index released Thursday.
Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index ranked 183 countries on perceptions of public sector corruption. New Zealand, with 9.5 out of a possible 10, was the least corrupt, while Somalia and North Korea provided a stark contrast with scores of 1.0.
Israel’s score has gradually decreased since the index was first released in 1995, said Galia Sagy, director of Shvil - Transparency International’s Israel affiliate. She said Israel scored 7.71 in the first index, a far cry from its new score of 5.9.
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