72% of Israelis say society corrupt

Poll: Institutions considered most corrupt are gov't offices, Knesset, local councils, manpower firms.

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Seventy-two percent of Israelis rate corruption in Israel as high or very high, according to the Corruption Index for 2008 annual poll, published Monday. The poll was released ahead of the Sderot Conference, which will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at the city's Sapir College and will examine social, educational, economic, political and security issues in society. The survey found a 10%-20% growth in public perception of corruption. Participants ranked stealing the public's money for private use, receiving money or benefits illegally, and appointing unskilled employees or relatives to public positions, as the most corrupt acts. Of those surveyed, 92% said stealing the public's money for private use was the most corrupt, in comparison to 78% in 2007 and 83% in 2006. Appointing relatives to public positions for which they are not qualified was also denounced by 92% of participants as most corrupt, while 91% decried receiving money or benefits in exchange for promoting personal issues. The institutions that Israelis considered most corrupt were governmental offices (46%), the Knesset (44%), the local councils (37%), manpower companies (33%), the media (30%), the police (29%), the Histadrut Labor Federation and the worker unions (27%). According to 73% of participants, the governmental level of corruption is much higher than it was in the past, compared to 69% who felt this way in 2007 and 68% in 2006. Only 1% of Israelis rated governmental corruption as low or very low. The survey was carried out by Maagar Mochot Research Institute in November among 543 Israelis over the age of 18, in Hebrew, Arabic and Russian.