Israeli submarine scandal

Israel’s political leaders and defense establishment are currently roiled by revelations of alleged conflicts of interest regarding a huge military deal involving a German company represented in Israel by none other than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal lawyer.

Haaretz has learned that Netanyahu’s confidant and attorney, David Shimron, was appointed to the board of a firm advising ThyssenKrupp, the German conglomerate that already sold six submarines to Israel which hopes to sell even more, despite the IDF’s insistance that they are an unnecessary purchase.

As Channel 10 news reported, Netanyahu is personally involved in pushing to advance the deal where Israel would purchase three additional submarines for nearly 1.5 billion euros. Further inflaming the situation are long-standing accusations against ThyssenKrupp of employees having bribed foreign governmnent officials to secure contracts, including an incident specific to securing submarine contracts.


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