The Offence of Bribery to a Foreign Official
These are the relevant offences in the Israeli Penal Law, 1977:
290. (a) a public official who takes a bribe for an act in relation with his functions, is liable to ten years imprisonment or a fine, which is one of the following, whichever is higher:
(1) Five times the fine specified in Article 61(a)(4), and if the offence was committed by a corporation – ten times the amount specified in Article 61(a)(4).
(2) Four times the benefit obtained or intended to be obtained by the offence.
(b) In this Article, "public official" including an employee of a body corporate that provides a service to the public.
291. A person who gives a bribe to a public official as defined in Article 290(b), for an act in relation with his functions, is liable to seven years imprisonment or a fine as specified in Article 290(a).
Bribing a Foreign Public Official
291A. (a) A person who gives a bribe to a foreign public official for an act in
relation with his functions, in order to obtain, to assure or to promote
business activity or other advantage in relation to business activity,
shall be treated in the same manner as a person who commits an
offence under Article 291.
(b) No indictment shall be issued in respect to an offence under this
Article unless given written consent from the Attorney General.
(c) For the purpose of this article:
"foreign country" includes, but is not limited to, any governmental unit
in the foreign country, including national, district or local unit, and also includes a political entity that is not a state, including the Palestinian Council.
"foreign public official" includes any of these:
(1) An employee of a foreign country and any person holding a
public office or exercising a public function on behalf of a foreign
country; including in the legislative, executive or judiciary branch of
the foreign country, whether by appointment, by election or by
(2) A person holding a public office or exercising a public function
on behalf of a public body constituted by an enactment of a foreign
country, or of a body over which the foreign country exercises,
directly or indirectly, control;
(3) An employee of a public international organization, and any
person holding a public office or exercising a public function for a
public international organization; "public international
organization" means an organization formed by two or more
countries, or by organizations formed by two or more countries;