Livni calls for greater government transparency

Hatnua leader Tzipi Livni on Sunday called for greater levels of transparency in government, saying it was time for politicians to change the conversation on the matter.
“The information is not meant to be in the government’s hands for its own good. The public must get this information,” she said at a meeting on transparency at the Google campus in Tel Aviv. She promised that if the Zionist Union, with which she is running in the upcoming election, wins, that it will continue a process of opening up she began as Justice Minister.
While noting that transparency should be limited by matters of privacy and security, she said, there were several areas where it could easily be improved. In the contentious debate over the defense budget, she offered, there were many areas more information could be made available.
Livni noted two organizations that run on government funds that lacked enough transparency: the KKL-JNF and the World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division.
“The Settlement Division has become a mechanism for transferring funds to isolated settlements,” she said. KKL-JNF, meanwhile brings in billions of shekels without oversight on how it’s spent.
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