"Many shortcomings were discovered in the construction field, many of
them serious, including lack of proper planning for construction projects,
failure to hold tenders as required, substantial increases of costs and gaps
of dozens of percentage points between assessments and actual costs, all of
which point to unworthy management of construction projects," the State
In a report issued on March 29, the Mossad was found to have awarded
contracts worth millions of shekel without competition. In one case, the spy
agency awarded the same construction project twice.
The comptroller also found safety hazards in Mossad facilities. The
report said the agency was not following the practice of "good governance."
State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss warned that unless corrected
senior Mossad officials could be prosecuted. Lindenstrauss called on
government departments to oversee implementation of the report's
In a statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Mossad
required unprecedented planning and construction. Netanyahu said this
required revisions in construction during the projects
"which could not have been planned ahead of time."
"The head of the Mossad has set up an internal inspection and
implementation team and is personally accompanying its work," the statement
said. "Some of the shortcomings mentioned in the report have already been
remedied and others are in the process of being fixed."