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Top officials are guilty of pettiness

HolylandThe Holyland case which brought to the bench two Jerusalem mayors, Olmert and Lupolyanski, curiously demonstrates that corruption is virtually non-existent in Israel.

The contractor built a mammoth 3.5 mln sq ft housing project which severely affected the Jerusalem skyline, yet he is accused of bribing Olmert, who was mayor of Jerusalem at the time, for only few hundred thousand shekels. His successor, Lupolyanski, got no bribe at all: the contractor paid two million shekels into his highly reputable Yad Sarah charity.

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