Corruption in Israel
Israel is politically, morally and financially corrupt.
by Stephen Lendman
Israel ranks among the world's most ruthless states. It qualifies for rogue state status.
It spurns the UN Charter, major treaties, and other international law. It violates its own. It gets away with murder because world leaders mattering most do nothing.
It's contemptuous of anyone not Jewish. Arabs are considered subhuman. Militancy, belligerence, and institutionalized racism reflect official policies.
Israel is also a failed state. Separate and unequal is official policy. One-fifth of its population is considered a fifth column threat.
Neoliberal harshness harms most Jews. Arab citizens fare worst of all. Wealthy and powerful elites run Israel for their own benefit. Most others lose out.
International laws and standards are spurned. Israel does what it pleases with impunity. World opinion is ignored. Democracy exists in name only. Hypocrisy reflects official policy.
Israel is unfit to live in. Many Jews vote with their feet and leave. Others consider doing it. One day perhaps most Israelis no longer will want any part a nation threatening humanity.
Corruption reflects Israeli society. On October 26, 2010, Haaretz headlined "Israel ranks among Western world's most corrupt countries."
Transparency International 's (TI) assessment was cited. It rated Israel number 30 on its 178-nation list. Number one ranking reflects least corrupt.
Compared to OECD countries, Israel fared much worse. Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore scored best. TI's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) rated Israel 6.1 out of 10.
It ranks countries according to perceived public sector corruption. Israel placed 22nd out of 33 OECD members.
TI calls itself "the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world."
Its own transparency is lacking. Its reports are predictably politicized. They consistently understate Western corruption. Other parts of the world score worse. Independent nations are unfairly targeted.