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Israel’s Submarine Investigation Sends Warning Notices to Key Figures, Including Netanyahu

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Jerusalem, June 24, 2024 — The state commission of inquiry into Israel’s submarine affair has issued warning notices to five prominent figures who may be implicated in the investigation into the controversial purchase of submarines from Germany. Among those receiving warnings are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, former Mossad head Yossi Cohen, former Navy Commander Ram Rothberg, and former Mossad operative Avner Simchoni.

The commission, led by retired Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, is examining decisions made regarding the submarine purchases that occurred during Netanyahu’s tenure as Prime Minister from 2009 to 2016. The notices suggest that the investigation could yield findings that significantly impact the reputations and careers of these high-profile individuals.

Regarding Netanyahu, the commission noted that he could be harmed if it concludes that, in his capacity as Prime Minister, he made decisions with substantial implications for state security and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) without following a proper decision-making process. This aspect of the inquiry focuses on whether Netanyahu’s actions had detrimental effects on national security and military power.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decisions during this period are under scrutiny for potentially bypassing standard procedures, which could have profound effects on state security,” a source close to the inquiry stated.

Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who also received a warning, has previously been vocal about his concerns regarding the submarine deal. “I welcome the commission’s thorough investigation into this matter,” Ya’alon commented. “It is crucial that all actions taken in the interest of national security are transparent and accountable.

Yossi Cohen, the former head of Mossad, and Ram Rothberg, the former Navy Commander, both acknowledged receipt of their warnings but have refrained from making public statements. Avner Simchoni, who worked at the Mossad and is also implicated, has yet to comment on the matter.

The submarine affair, often referred to as “Case 3000,” involves allegations of corruption and misconduct related to the purchase of submarines and naval vessels from the German shipbuilding company ThyssenKrupp. The investigation aims to uncover whether personal interests influenced these critical defense acquisitions and whether established protocols were overlooked.

The commission’s goal is to ensure that all defense-related decisions are made with the utmost integrity and transparency,” said retired Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, who is heading the inquiry. “Our duty is to uphold the trust placed in us by the public and to safeguard national security interests.

The issuance of these warning notices marks a significant step in the ongoing investigation, indicating that the commission is moving closer to potential conclusions that could have far-reaching implications for the implicated individuals. The findings of this inquiry could lead to legal consequences and impact the political landscape in Israel.

As the investigation progresses, the commission’s work will continue to be closely watched by both national and international observers. The next steps will involve detailed examinations of the actions and decisions of the warned parties, with a focus on ensuring accountability and transparency in defense procurement processes.

Editor: Gabriel Ani

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