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Political: June 20, 2012

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The State Comptroller’s report on the Carmel Fire places overall responsibility for the low level of preparedness of the fire services on the whole government, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  The report places special responsibility on Interior Minister Eli Yishai who is in charge of the fire services and on Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz who conditioned the transfer of funds to the fire services on their completion of an organizational reform. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew - Walla)

Political: June 13, 2012

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The State Comptroller’s report on the mid-sea takeover of the Mavi Marmara found that there were essential and significant deficiencies in the decision making process led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the weeks and months preceding the events of the Turkish flotilla, at the end of May 2010. (Ha’aretz)

(Hebrew - Walla)

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June 13th, 2012 at 10:04 am

‎ Military and Security Forces: May 4, 2012‎

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State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss has asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to reopen a criminal investigation into the so-called Harpaz document. The request was made after Lindenstrauss received new information that ostensibly strengthens suspicions presented in the comptroller’s draft report on the affair. A legal figure said that the draft report reveals major malpractices in IDF promotions of senior officers, involving private business concerns in the IDF’s work and practices that endanger the state’s security.

Political: January 20, 2012

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An associate of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party, sent a document to the State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, which alleges that the Rabbi is responsible for a number of political appointments in borderline criminal ways.  The documents states that “Religious Affairs Minister Yaakov Margi [Shas] was appointed to his position in order to promote the selection of Rabbi Yosef’s family members and associates of the Shas leadership to top ranking positions in the Rabbinate in Israel.  The man behind the appointments is Rabbi Moshe Yosef, son of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and a powerful player in Shas.  He also heads the private ‘Beit Yaakov’ Orthodox court (“Badatz”) which makes millions in the kashrut industry.  These appointments were meant to promote Badatz in large cities.”

Political: December 28, 2011

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Micha Lindenstrauss, Israel’s State Comptroller, has said that Ministry of Finance officials continue to impede his investigations and do not transfer data to his office required for investigative purposes.

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December 28th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Economy and Society: December 5, 2011

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The State Comptroller, Justice (ret.) Micha Lindenstrauss, determined that Prof. Baruch Nevo, a member of the Council for Higher Education, was acting in a severe conflict of interest in violation of proper governance.  In addition, the comptroller determined that Prof. Nevo gave false information in order to be admitted to the council.  Despite the ruling, the Minister of Education, Gideon Saar, who heads the council, refrained from terminating Prof. Nevo’s tenure as a member of the council.

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Economy: May 17, 2011

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State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, states in his annual report that there are “significant deficiencies” in the way the State pays social security nursing benefits, and in the employment of work immigrants in the nursing field. In addition, the report states that house call health care services are not being provided equally nationwide, and there are deficiencies in the service operation.


In the Tel AvivJaffa district of the Clalit Health Services, the rate of treatment of the elderly was 2.5 times greater than in the Southern district, and 1.5 times greater than in the Jerusalem District. In the Leumit Health Services, the treatment rate in the Jerusalem District was 3 times that of the Northern district, and almost 1.5 times greater than in the Southern district.


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Political: May 17, 2011

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State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, states in his annual report that Defense Minister Ehud Barak, acted against the civil service rules when he transferred ownership on the company ”Ehud Barak Ltd” to his three daughters. According to the Asher committee’s decisions from 1977, a minister has to disengage from all business activities prior to taking office, and sell or lease his interests to a person outside his or her family.

(Hebrew)

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May 17th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Economy: May 17, 2011

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State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, states in his annual report that “there is severe occupancy hardship in public hospitals. Due to the increasing workload on medical stuff in internal wards, there is concern that the treatment given there may be negligent.” According to the report, the average occupancy in the internal wards in 2009 was about 99 percent, and sometimes even reached 150 percent.

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May 17th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Economy: May 17, 2011

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State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, states in his annual report that hospitals in the center of the country receive ten times more donations than those in the periphery. The report states that the donors are those who set the agenda on construction and manpower needs of the health system, since there is no master plan by the Ministry of Health. The report also states that the Friends of the Hospital bodies get permits to build in hospital areas without a tender, which is against the law. The fact that the donations are not pre-approved by the government is another violation of the law.

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May 17th, 2011 at 7:23 pm