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Reopen the Investigation Into the Submarine Affair

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In November 2016, just about two weeks after the case regarding Israel’s purchase of German submarines was made public, an unusual announcement was issued by the office of the attorney general. Avichai Mendelblit declared that he had not found any suspicion of criminal wrongdoing in the case. He was proven wrong. The submarine affair could be one of the worst cases of corruption in the country’s history. It centers around two transactions involving Israel and the German firm ThyssenKrupp for the purchase by Israel for about 2 million euros ($2.3 million) of submarines and missile boats. Strategic and sensitive security decisions relating to the country’s very existence were compromised.

In addition, when the criminal investigation into the matter, dubbed Case 3000, was opened in February 2017, the Justice Ministry was at pains to make it immediately clear that “the prime minister is not among the suspects in the affair,” even prior to the questioning of a number of........

© Haaretz