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Netanyahu Will 'Absolutely' Be Indicted Says Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon

'Too many issues are under investigation, and questions. I believe that in the end we will witness indictment'

Netanyahu will 'absolutley' be indicted says former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon
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Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon told CNN this week that he believed Prime Minister Netanyahu would absolutley be indicted for corruption in Israel's long-unfolding submarine scandal. Ya'alon's remarks come a day after investigator's disclosed one of the suspects detained by police for questioning was Netanyahu's close confidant and cousin, David Shimron.

"There are serious charges and there are serious investigations underway about the prime minister and the issue of corruption. How do you think that is going to end up?" asked CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

Suspicions of impropriety were heightened when former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said he was sidelined on the purchase plans - which went forward after he was replaced last year.

"By indictment. That's my assessment and belief," said Ya'alon. "Too many issues are under investigation, and questions. I believe that in the end we will witness indictment."

"Whoa," Amanpour shot back in surprise. "You were his defense minister and now you're telling me that you believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu will, under the law, be indicted?"

"Absolutely," Ya'alon confirmed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report