DAVID BITAN seen at the Knesset last year.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Prime Minister Netanyahu will not resign even if indicted over alleged corruption in the German submarines affair, said coalition leader and Likud MK David Bitan.
Bitan made the comments on Monday following the reports Israeli businessman Miki Ganor might become a state witness in the complex and costly arms deal between Germany and Israel now under investigation on suspicion of corruption.
Ganor is suspected of bribing former OC Navy V.-Adm. (res.) Eliezer Marom in order to gain his support in winning a 1.2 bn Euro deal. The main question is what incriminating evidence Ganor obtains and against whom. He is currently held in police custody. On Monday the court remanded him four additional days.
"I am not worried", Bitan said, "when the interrogation is looking for a state witness it means [they] had nothing earlier."
According to channel 10, sources close to Netanyahu claim he has nothing to do with the submarine affairs, he never met Ganor, Ganor has nothing to tell about Netanyahu, and therefor they are calm.
Ganor is believed to have been working on behalf of German shipbuilder Thyssen- Krupp on the 1.2 bn Euro deal between the German company and the Israeli Navy. The deal went through despite objections from the IDF.
Netanyahu's personal lawyer and relative attorney David Shimron was also questioned by the police on the suspicion of acting as an intermediary for Ganor.