Exploration of the acquisition of Israeli submarines and patrol vessels from Germany.
Six suspects are former senior IDF officers and closest partners to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: lawyer David Shimron,
Prime Minister's Personal Attorney and his relative;
Former Deputy National Security Advisor Brig. General (res.) Avriel Bar Yosef;
former Naval Forces General Governor (res.) Eliezer Marom;
former Minister and current chairman of Keren Hayesod Eliezer Sandberg;
former director of the PMO office, David Sharan;
and brig Gen. rez Shai brosh
Police do not recommend accusing lawyer Yitzhak Molcho
another Netanyahu close partner who was questioned about the case.
In the case of 3,000 police, three submarines and four patrol vessels were investigated by Israeli naval forces from the German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp.
Investigators questioned a number of civil servants, businessmen and senior politicians and army officers suspected of bribery, fraud and loyalty and money laundering among other offenses committed between 2009 and 2017.
According to a police investigation, in 2009 ThyssenKrupp's representative in Israel Brig. Gen. (res.) Yeshayahu Bareket, unexpectedly replaced by entrepreneur Miki Ganor,
who was the driving force behind the alleged violations.
Police suspect that several senior civil servants were involved in replacing Barrett, expecting them to be reimbursed for their help with Ganor.
In July 2019, Ganor signed a state witness agreement,
according to which he will be charged and convicted of tax breaks, will serve for 12 months and pay a fine of NIS 10 million. The country abolished all the allegations made against him, making him a key witness in this case and involving all the other suspects.
Ganor told the police that he was seeking links with various senior officials in the hope that they would agree to take his bribes to help develop ThyssenKrupp's interests in Israel.
He accepted other suspect assistance in one of three ways: by contacting a public official, he promised to advertise his private projects after the official had been released from the public service (as he did with Maroma); transferring money to the decision maker through an intermediary (as he did with David Sharan and Avriel Bar Yosef); or "employing" their contributors as "advisers" under fictitious contracts (as he did with Eliezer Sandberg and David Shimron).
In July 2017, the police received three documents indicating that Germans are well aware of Ganora's methods. The documents include the "Useful expense" clause for Israeli officials and officers, in other words, bribes.
Police also recommended accusing other less-senior officials suspected of the case: strategic advisers Tzachi Lieber
and Nati Mor;
Minister Yuval Steinitz Policy Adviser; Lawyer Dow Hirsch; and Former Deputy Security Officer Atalya Rosenbaum.
According to a police statement, lawyer David Shimron
said that he was not "happy, but I also have no connection. At the end of the day, it's not the police, but the prosecution who decides (either to accuse). Because I did not consider it an offense, I believe this event will eventually be closed."
Lawyers representing Avriel Bar Yosef and Eliezer Sandberg both said they were confident that prosecution would decide not to complain to their clients.
Taking into account police recommendations for accusing Netanyahu's close partner, opposition leader Tzipi Livni, leader of the Zionist union Avi Gabbay and leader of the Italian Atid, Yair Lapid, have called for the Prime Minister to resign.
Moshe Ya & # 39; alon, who at that time was the Minister of Defense and who testified in this case, called on the police to question Netanyahu.
The Netanyahu Likud party said that "the left wing attempts to force Prime Minister Netanyahu to destroy submarine cases in the face of reality. We apologize to Lapid and Gabbay, whose desperate hope to replace Netanyahu with false allegations has once again been damaged."
Eli Senjors, Yuval Karni, Eitan Glickman and Tova Tzimuki participated in this story.