A world map of the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International

There is evidence that corruption is a legitimate problem in Israeli politics and many investigations have taken place into allegations of influence peddling and bribery.[1][2]

Transparency International's 2021 Corruption Perception Index ranks the country 36th place out of the 180 countries in the Index, where low-ranking countries are perceived to have an honest public sector and high-ranking countries a corrupt one.[3]

Sometime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted for corruption, due to the acceptance of expensive gifts such as fine champagne and cigars.[4]

Corruption does not appear to be institutionalized and businesses can largely operate and invest in Israel without interference from corrupt officials.[5][additional citation(s) needed] The judiciary is considered by businesses to be at a low risk of corruption; however, the public services sector is reported to have a moderate risk of corruption, with business leaders reporting the payment of bribes in exchange for access to public utilities, with an ineffective bureaucratic government being considered by some to be the source of the problem.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Shmuel Rosner (12 January 2017). "Does Israel Really Have a Corruption Problem?". New York Times. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  2. ^ Baruch Kra (30 January 2003). "AG Resumes Police Probes of Politicians". Haaretz. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Corruptions Perceptions Index 2019 for Israel". Transparency.org. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  4. ^ "Netanyahu charges filed after immunity bid dropped". BBC News. 2020-01-28. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  5. ^ a b "Israel Corruption Report". Business Anti-Corruption Portal. August 2016. Archived from the original on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)