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Can Israel’s politicians regain Israelis’ trust?

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Despite its relatively quiet reception, the recent decision to set up an inter-ministry committee to expand the powers of local authorities and reduce their regulation by the central government, may well be one of the most important steps taken by the current government. According to the decision, the committee will identify and recommend the powers which can be delegated to the local government. It will also define indicators and criteria for determining the extent of the decentralization, and propose ways to reduce the regulatory burden between the various ministries and local authorities. This would constitute an overall revolution in the structure of the Israeli system and would have broad implications for Israeli democracy and the quality of the services provided to citizens.

There is no doubt that the centralized structure of Israeli governance weakens the status of local government. According to the World Bank’s local government decentralization index, Israel ranks 94 out of 182 countries; within the OECD it “won”........

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