The Israeli Submarine Scandal: What We Know

Netanyahu is taking on water as a potential conflict of interest scandal surrounding submarine purchase from German company grows.

Benjamin Netanyahu climbs out after a visit inside the Rahav, the fifth submarine in the fleet, after it arrived in Haifa port January 12, 2016
Benjamin Netanyahu climbs out after a visit inside the Rahav, the fifth submarine in the fleet, after it arrived in Haifa port January 12, 2016 REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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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