Lapid: The submarine deal is the most serious security corruption case in Israel’s history

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said – this morning, Sunday – that the submarine deal is the most serious security corruption case in Israel’s history, calling for “turning every stone to reach the truth.”

This came in a tweet to him before the government voted during its weekly session later today to form a government investigation committee into the case, nearly 5 years after its disclosure.

Lapid said, “I promised not to remain silent or rest until the committee is formed and we are satisfied.”

And he added – in a tweet on his Twitter account – “The issue of submarines and ships is the most serious security corruption case in the history of Israel, and it is necessary to turn every stone over to reach the truth.”

For its part, the official Israeli channel, Kan, said that the government is expected to vote on the formation of the committee, while its chairman, Naftali Bennett, is expected to abstain from the vote, and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked will vote against the proposal, without explaining the reason.

double price

The channel pointed out that at the heart of the case were two deals concluded by Israel with the German company “ThyssenKrupp”, one for the purchase of 3 submarines worth 3 billion euros, at a double price than their original price, and the other for the purchase of missile ships designed to protect gas platforms in the Mediterranean.

Once current opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu was appointed prime minister in 2009, he embarked on a series of multibillion-dollar submarine and ship purchases, despite opposition from the military and defense establishment.

Netanyahu said – when the case erupted in February 2017 – that “strengthening Israel’s security force is the only consideration that directed me to buy submarines,” according to the same source.

According to the indictments filed in the case, senior officers and people close to Netanyahu demanded bribes to go ahead with those deals.

In December 2019, the Israeli Public Prosecution indicted those close to Netanyahu in the same case, but Netanyahu’s name was not included on the list of suspects.

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