Probe puts submarine deal in doubt

Opposition lawmakers expressed concern over the weekend that the submarine probe would be forgotten because it has been overshadowed by the fires that have struck the country.

By
November 28, 2016 02:46
2 minute read.
Israeli submarine

A dolphin-class submarine constructed by German company Howaldtswerke- Deutsche Werft for the Israel Navy. (photo credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM, GPO)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The German government may decide to cancel Israel’s purchase of submarines from the Thyssen- Krupp company due to a criminal investigation in Israel, Channel 10 reported on Sunday from the firm’s headquarters in Essen.

ThyssenKrupp is conducting its own internal probe into whether its sales representative in Israel, Miki Ganor, violated the company’s policy by subcontracting to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer and confidant David Shimron.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


“We will investigate to find the facts because the facts are what count,” said company spokesman Donatus Kaufmann. “We didn’t hear from our sales representative Mr. Ganor that he subcontracted. If there has been a violation of our company policies, we would immediately stop and sanction him.”

Kaufmann said the company was eagerly awaiting the findings of an inquiry requested on Wednesday by Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit.

Another ThyssenKrupp official, Martin Murphy, confirmed Israeli reports that the company was compelled to fire its longtime representative and replace him with Ganor.

Former Israel Navy head V.-Adm. (res.) Eliezer Marom and embattled former National Security Council chairman Avriel Bar-Yosef threatened Thyssenkrupp seven years ago, that if it did not fire Brig.-Gen. (res.) Shaike Bareket and replace him with Ganor, Israel would not purchase more submarines from the company.

ThyssenKrupp officials said Ganor has made more than €10 million representing the company since then.



Top lawyer Jacob Weinroth tried to put to rest any allegations in the submarine affair against Netanyahu and Shimron, noting that Shimron represented the German company, but not with regard to the submarines.

In an interview with Channel 2 News on Saturday night, Weinroth said Shimron had represented Thyssenkrupp years before the submarine deal became an issue, trying to show that the firm brought him in without the deal in mind.

Mandelblit said on Thursday that he decided to open a preliminary investigation, though not yet a criminal probe, into the submarine affair after receiving new information.

The probe is seen by some as sidelining Shimron and potentially harming Netanyahu politically, though Mandelblit said that “in Israel, criminal investigations are not opened due to baseless speculation that someone committed a crime.”

Opposition lawmakers expressed concern over the weekend that the submarine probe would be forgotten because it has been overshadowed by the fires that have struck the country. To that end, Zionist Union MK Stav Shaffir will hold a hearing on conflicts of interest, including Shimron’s, at her Knesset Committee on Transparency on Monday.

“The fact that the prime minister’s lawyer benefits financially from representing individuals and groups that work on issues that are the responsibility of Netanyahu creates a harsh conflict of interest,” Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah said. “This behavior is the reason why the public has lost faith in politics and politicians.”

Related Content

DRUZE RALLY with other Israelis in protest of the Jewish Nation- State Law, in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Squa
August 20, 2018
Analysis: Why some protests are more popular than others

By CHARLES BYBELEZER/THE MEDIA LINE