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In excerpts from unpublished book, Netanyahu railed against ‘cancer’ of corruption

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In excerpts from a book he wrote in the early 2000s but never published, former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls corruption “a cancer that grows in the dark”

The excerpts were published on Friday by the Haaretz newspaper, which did not say exactly when the book, “The Israeli Leopard,” was written, though it was done somewhere between the end of his stint as finance minister in 2005 and his reelection as prime minister in 2009.

Netanyahu, now leader of the opposition, evidently decided to freeze it when he returned to the Prime Minister’s Office in 2009.

The quotes, which rail against corruption, bloated governments and the dangers of over-concentration of centralized power, are especially poignant as Netanyahu is currently on trial in three corruption cases, after being indicted in 2019 for fraud, breach of trust and bribery — largely revolving around his alleged efforts to secure better media coverage as he tried to maintain power during his decade-long stint as prime minister.

The book dealt mostly with his actions as finance minister in 2003-2005, and in it, he detailed his neo-liberal agenda and worldview, but also touched on corruption.

“Corruption is like cancer that grows in the darkness. It distorts competition, hurts citizens’ morale, and discourages them because it signals that the path to material progress is not dependent on effort and talent, but on bribery,” Netanyahu........

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