Transparency International has released the 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index, which ranks 180 countries and territories around the world based on perceived levels of public sector corruption, on a scale of 0 (most corrupt) to 100 (least corrupt). Follows.
The 2023 index saw Israel decline to 33rd place out of 180 countries listed. The Globes newspaper described the decline as a major blow to the state, as it had progressed to 31st place in 2022 with a score of 62 points, reflecting the state's commitment to tackling corruption in the past. However, the latest score of 63 highlights a reversal of this positive trend.
According to the newspaper, the internal conflict over the government's judicial reform that the country witnessed last year, in addition to the security failure that led to the war with Hamas, are factors that have damaged Israel's position in the index, leading to its erosion. Profit received in previous years.
The Corruption Perception Index is a measure that reflects the sentiments of citizens and experts regarding the level of corruption within the political system.
The newspaper quoted Nelly Arad, Honorary Judge, head of Transparency International in Israel, as expressing concern over the decline in Israel's rating. He stressed that the significant increase in the 2022 index, the largest in 9 years, indicates Israel's commitment to liberal democracy, an independent judicial system, the security of oversight bodies, and independent media. However, the 2023 Index reflects a fundamental shift in government behavior, characterized by measures aimed at weakening the independence of the judicial system and weakening oversight bodies.
Neely stressed to the newspaper that “a closer examination of the 2023 index results shows that civil conflict prevented a further decline in Israel's score this year in order to avoid damage to the survival of basic democracy.”
The decline in the corruption perception index has raised concerns about Israel's commitment to transparency and accountability.