In recent months, we've seen Israelis fill the streets—tens of thousands, all across the country—demanding that public servants fulfill their duties and serve the public, not their own interests.
The only way to ensure that these efforts bring about real, long-lasting change is to enshrine into law mechanisms that protect us, the citizens of Israel, from the greed and personal or political vested interests of those who put themselves before the people they were elected to serve.
We, the moderate majority of Israel, call for the implementation of new laws and regulations to help combat corruption.
We demand the following laws and regulations:
- Basic Law: Public Service
This law will define public service, its purpose and roles, and the demands and expectations of public servants. The law will grant equality of opportunity for members of every tribe and sector within Israeli society when applying for public positions, with the assurance that the most qualified person will be offered the role; not he or she with the best connections.
- Legislate that the corrupt cannot serve
This law will prevent the return to public service of those who were convicted of moral turpitude.
- Amend the criminal law in everything related to breach of trust and fraud
Currently, the definition set forth in law is vague. We demand a public committee be set up to establish precisely the offenses inherent in the breach of trust and fraud, and what are the lines that cannot be crossed.
- Obligation to declare financial capital upon becoming an elected official
Every public servant must declare the source and location of his or her wealth, in addition to any outstanding debts or financial ties which may result in a conflict of interests. Transparency is the best insurance of good governance.
- Establish a unit for integrity in public service
This unit will check the statements of declared capital provided by public servants, investigate further where necessary, and have the authority to grant exemptions where warranted.
*The main points above are based on a comprehensive anti-corruption program compiled by experts at the Israel Democracy Institute.