Activists Put Up Protest Statue After Police Recommend Charging Netanyahu Confidant, Former Officials

A message written on the submarine statue reads 'With Bibi - the state is sinking' ■ Police recommend indicting six people for alleged involvement in the so-called submarine affair

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The submarine statue in Tel Aviv, today.
The submarine statue in Tel Aviv, today.Credit: Meged Gozani
Jonathan Lis
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Activists from the opposition party Zionist Union erected on Saturday a nine-meter-long submarine sculpture in Tel Aviv's Habima Square to protest the government's alleged link to the so-called submarine affair.

Messages written on the statue read "Netanyahu - a failed manager or corrupt leader?" and "With Bibi - the state is sinking," referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's nickname.

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"The decline of Netanyahu's power is closer than ever, and we came here early in the morning to wake up Israeli citizens to see the size and depth of the corruption in the submarine affair," Alon Visser, the director of Zionist Union's field headquarters, said.

The submarine statue reads "With Bibi - the state is sinking" in Tel Aviv, today. Credit: Meged Gozani

On Thursday, the police recommended indicting six people for alleged involvement in the corruption case, also known as "Case 3000," surrounding a $2-billion deal to purchase submarines and boats from the German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp.

The police recommended charging Netanyahu's lawyer and confidant David Shimron; his former bureau chief David Sharan; former navy chief, Eliezer Marom, and two other ex-navy generals on similar bribery counts.

The police said that there was insufficient evidence to charge Netanyahu's other attorney, Isaac Molho.

Michael Ganor, a former representative of ThyssenKrupp in Israel, has turned state's evidence in the case. Ganor served in the navy with Brig. Gen. (res.) Avriel Bar-Yosef, who police also recommended charging.

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