Livni Blasts Culture of Corruption in Israeli Leadership

Foreign minister: I find it unacceptable that whatever is not criminal is tolerable.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Wednesday that Israel's leaders should be bound by the state's values and morals, referring to an ongoing corruption investigation currently underway against fellow Kadima Party member and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. "I find it unacceptable that whatever is not criminal is tolerable," Livni said at a conference held by the Movement for Quality Government in Jerusalem.

Livni added that a system of socials conventions must be established, and that any elected politician who breaks them will be pay the price.

Speaking in Jerusalem at a memorial service for David Raziel, the commander of Etzel - the militant Zionist group that operated in Palestine between 1931 and 1948, Livni said: "The state has a vision and values that obligate both its citizens and its leaders. Before we can a light onto others, it is only fitting that we work toward showing the light inside our home."

"There are morals that should be common to all of us and that represent unwritten norms and behavioral guidelines for everyone, whether poor or rich," she concluded.