Israel's Civil Service Reform Means Getting Bureaucrats to Work

The government's second attempt in 25 years to improve motivation among its bureaucrats must succeed - or Israel will continue its slide down the ladder of global competition.

The Bank of Israel recently checked and found that after the government approves construction on a piece of land, it takes an average of 14 years for the project to be completed. The central bank obviously highlighted this finding in an attempt to redirect criticism over skyrocketing housing prices away from itself by implying the blame rests with government bureaucracy.