WORLD - Israel Ranks Poorly on Global Corruption Index

Arno Froese

For the second straight year, Israel placed 35th out of 180 countries on a global corruption index.

Israel was graded 60 out of 100, just nine points above the redline of corrupt countries, Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) stated. 

“Israel’s low place in the corruption index is particularly severe in 2020, when the plague is raging among us,” said retired judge Nili Arad, chairwoman of the Israel International Transparency Association—Shvil, which represents Israel in Transparency International.

Since it started in 1995, the Berlin-based CPI has been one of the world’s leading indicators of corruption trends, with 100 chapters worldwide.

Denmark and New Zealand ranked first for the second year in a row with a score of 88, compared to a score of 87 last year. They are followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland, which scored 85. Norway scored 84 and the Netherlands 82, followed by Germany and Luxembourg, which both received a grade of 80.

The United States scored 67, falling to 25th place in the index, its fourth consecutive year of decline.

At the lowest spots on the index are South Sudan and Somalia with scores of 12, followed by Syria at 14 and Yemen and Venezuela with 15.

-www.jpost.com, 28 January 2021

Arno's commentary

Except for New Zealand and Singapore, the highest numbers—indicating the least corruption—are in Europe. What does it mean? Trust in governmental democracy. The lowest score was received by South Sudan and Somalia, where civil wars continue to rage. 

The CPI is one of multiple global movements and organizations that attempt to hand out behavioral report cards to the various nations of the world. Such work definitely contributes to the implementation of a more organized world, according to the prophetic Word.

In the last book of the Bible, in Revelation 20, verse 8 we read of “the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth.” That’s global. And the end thereof? “And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (verse 9).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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