Police recommend indicting Netanyahu lawyer in Submarines Affair

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  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Police recommend indicting Netanyahu lawyer in Submarines Affair
    The police noted that there had not been sufficient evidence of offenses by attorney Netanyahu’s trusted legal adviser Yitzhak Molcho, who will escape indictment.
    By Tamara Zieve
    November 8, 2018

    The Israel Police have completed its investigation into Case 3000, also known as the Submarines Affair, and has gathered sufficient evidence against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer, confidant and relative David Shimron and former commander of the Israeli Navy Eliezer Marom to recommend indictments against them on counts of bribery, among other alleged crimes.

    The police will recommend to the State Prosecutor’s Office that six suspects should be prosecuted: Shimron; Marom; Avriel Bar-Yosef, former deputy head of the National Security Council; Brig. Gen. (res.) Shai Brosh; Former minister Modi Zandberg; and David Sharan, former chief of staff of the Prime Minister’s Office. The police noted that there had not been sufficient evidence of offenses by attorney Netanyahu’s trusted legal adviser Yitzhak Molcho, who will escape indictment.

    In Case 3000, public officials, business and senior executives, either directly or through business and private companies, are suspected of having used their connections to profit from Israel's acquisition of submarines and vessels from the German corporation Thyssen Krupp, alongside the promotion of additional business interests.

    Miki Ganor, Thyssen Krupp’s sales representative in Israel, turned state’s evidence, allegedly perpetrated fraud alongside the other suspects in a deal for Israel to buy nuclear submarines from the German company. According to the terms of the agreement, Ganor will be tried on the suspicions of tax offenses and will serve a 12 month prison sentence and be fined 10 million shekels in exchange his cooperation with the state and providing further information about his case. Opposition leaders responded to the police recommendations by calling for Netanyahu to resign.

    Opposition leader Tzip Livni said "For years, Netanyahu created a culture of government corruption. Those who are concerned about security do not allow their confidants to meddle with security for personal gain." "Whether he knew or not - he should have known. When corruption reaches the security of Israel, when the people closest to it are the ones who corrupted it - the prime minister has to resign."

    "If the prime minister knew what his associated were involved in, he should resign," Zionist Union leader Avi Gabbay said. "If he didn't know, he should resign because he is not fit to lead the defense establishment." "Stealing money from the defense establishment is a betrayal of IDF soldiers," he added. "With this money we could have bought armored personnel carriers instead of the old ones that our soldiers were forced to use during the last Gaza war four years ago."

    Netanyahu himself was questioned in connection with the case but not as suspect. Chairman of the Knesset’s State Comptroller Committee MK Shelly Yacimovich said the recommendations against officials so close to Netanyahu leave two options: "Either he was a partner to it all, or he is a blind, naive and clumsy person who surrounds himself with a corrupt environment which exploits him and trades with state assets and seriously harms it security in order to pocket money."

    In the same vein, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid said that the police recommendations to indict the former navy commander, the former deputy head of the National Security Council; the former chief of staff of the Prime Minister's Office and his lawyer and confidant, "do not allow for Benjamim Netanyahu to continue to serve in his post."

    "Netanyahu owes the public an explanation," Lapid said. "What else didn't he know? How did it happen that those around him allegedly earned tens of millions under the table in a sensitive arms deal that he personally managed? How was it possible that he did not know, and why he authorize the sale of advanced submarines to Egypt while it was hidden from the defense minister, the Ministry of Defense and the IDF? If all this happened without Netanyahu knowing what was going on at his office, he is not fit to continue in his position."

    Netanyahu said in 2017 that the sale of German submarines to Egypt was a German decision and that Israel did not "approve or not approve," but expressed its opinion. Lapid, who was a member of the security cabinet in Netanyahu’s last government, said that the prime minister gave Germany the okay to sell Egypt the submarines.

    Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Thursday described the affair as "a very difficult affair. It is a very significant affair, it took two years... it's serious and now the case will go to the State Prosecutor who will check it and make decisions." Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said: "from the first moment, I said this is the largest, most serious corruption scandal in the history of the state, and that there is no chance that the investigation will end without indictments, and I was right."

    "At the same time, I reiterate that the fact that Netanyahu was not questioned under caution in the affair, the fact that such investigative measures as refraining from searching his lawyers' office, against whom --at least one of them-- the police has gather substantial evidence for an indictment, raises difficult questions about the management of the investigation which surprisingly, although Netanyahu was not categorized as a suspect by the police or the State Prosecutor's Office, was conducted under tight supervision by the Attorney General in a manner usually reserved for interrogations in which the prime minister is involved," he continued. "This is just one of the many questions I have for the Attorney General about the conduct of the investigation."

    Police sources, however, told Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot that Lapid's and Ya’alons’ attempts to tie Netanyahu's name to the allegations against the suspects, were “very far from what they told police,” when they testified in connection with the case.

  2. DanLMP

    DanLMP Well-Known Member

    Okay but, are they getting the submarines they need or not?
  3. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    I think they probably are as they have gotten a couple in the past of the Dolphin class I think it was. Seems Germany has some special financing and stuff with them as well. But I could be wrong about that. :scratch
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  4. daygo

    daygo Well-Known Member

    Oh dear this is getting ridiculous imo.

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