The corruption involved in the purchase of submarines and ships from the German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp makes it among the worst such affairs in Israel’s history. It involves bribery, fraud, breach of trust and money laundering by a criminal network that functioned at the highest levels of Israel’s government and business people between 2009 and 2019 , funnelling government funds from the defense budget into private pockets, by swaying decisions regarding purchases from the German shipbuilder.
The agreement with ThyssenKrupp included provisions for what would happen if corruption were discovered on the German end; in that situation, the corporation would be able to cancel the existing deals. But it included no provisions on what would happen if corruption were discovered on the Israeli end.
Israel’s attorney general said Thursday he intends to charge the personal lawyer of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with money-laundering in the state’s purchase of submarines from German firm Thyssenkrupp.
The justice ministry said that charges were also expected against a businessman who represented the firm in Israel and against a former head of the Israeli navy.
Blue and White party candidates have in recent days sent many messages to Mandelblit demanding that the case be reopened and that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s role in the affair be re-examined.
Mandelblit wrapped up his investigation in Case 3000 months ago, concluding that Netanyahu was not involved in influence peddling in the sale of submarines by the German company ThyssenKrupp to Israel.
Abgeschlossen habe den milliardenschweren Deal die Kieler Werft Thyssen-Krupp-Marine-Systems, wie das Magazin am Freitag abend berichtete. Demnach hat das Unternehmen die Rönner-Gruppe mit dem Bau von drei Schiffen beauftragt.
Bei den Waffen für die Türkei handelt es sich den Angaben zufolge ausschließlich um „Ware für den maritimen Bereich“. Es ist wahrscheinlich, dass es um Material für sechs U-Boote der Klasse 214 geht, die in der Türkei unter maßgeblicher Beteiligung des deutschen Konzerns ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) gebaut werden. Die Bundesregierung hatte die Lieferung von Bauteilen bereits 2009 genehmigt und den Export mit einer sogenannten Hermes-Bürgschaft in Höhe von 2,49 Milliarden Euro abgesichert.
Netanyahu may win the new election but it will be too late to push through the High Court override and the immunity from prosecution: Who will sign a coalition agreement with someone on his political deathbed?
(20. April 1997)
Netanyahu told CNN’s Walter Rodgers he was „glad that the truth came out,“ and said the entire incident was „blown out of proportion and twisted out of shape.“
„It’s politics,“ he said in an interview shortly after the attorney general released his report. „Of course there were people out to get us. But this is going nowhere. It’s done. It’s finished.“
Part of Ganor’s testimony involved allegations that Netanyahu gave his consent to the sale of advanced submarines by ThyssenKrupp to Egypt, and that the Prime Minister had misled investigators by telling them that he had shared with Mandelblit information on why the sale was necessary – even though he was unwilling to tell them, because it was a “state secret.” Blue and White candidates have in recent days accused Netanyahu of a coverup,
If the new government now being formed is based on an agreement to enact an override clause that would let the Knesset annul court rulings that overturn legislation and decisions by government agencies, we must go to war to defend our homes. Not only, or even primarily, the Supreme Court’s home, but the home of each and every one of us.
We’ve already learned that a right-wing coalition will dance to the tune of the far-right, which Bezalel Smotrich, now reinforced by Itamar Ben-Gvir and Meir Kahane’s legacy will celebrate. Woe to us if our lives and rights are in their hands without anyone having the power to curb them.
Likud has gathered a number of expert opinions regarding the legal systems of Canada and England, countries where the parliament can pass laws over the objection of the Supreme Court.
AG reportedly set to agree to several weeks’ deferral; Justice Ministry official: ‘No one is under any illusions: Netanyahu wants to buy time to arrange immunity for himself’
Of course, Mandelblit pointed out that he had signaled he would make a decision by February, before the Prime Minister declared early elections and dared the attorney-general to back-off.
Mandelblit, who slow-walked the investigations against Netanyahu for years, is no longer willing to play-ball.
According to a statement by Israel’s Ministry of Justice yesterday, Mandelblit has “decided to accept the request of the prime minister’s attorneys to delay the delivery of investigation materials in the cases related to the prime minister until after the election date [on 9 April],” Haaretz reported.
The statement added that Netanyahu had made the request “out of concern that evidentiary material could leak to the media and potentially affect public sentiment” ahead of the election.
The looming indictments have made Netanyahu more amenable to pressure than ever
Israelische Ermittlungen erreichen trotz Blockade der Bundesregierung Deutschland
“You can scream till you’re blue in the face that it’s the end of democracy, but until 2005 this was the law of the land,” Smotrich said. He’s not lying – a law provided immunity from prosecution to MKs, including the prime minister, with the lifting of such immunity requiring a Knesset majority. But he’s playing innocent.
Mandelblit wrapped up his investigation in Case 3000 months ago, concluding that Netanyahu was not involved in influence peddling in the sale of submarines by the German company ThyssenKrupp to Israel. Interest in the case was revived after state witness Miki Ganor last week recanted his testimony, that he had bribed several officials to agree to the purchase.
The Jerusalem Post has also spoken to sources indicating that one reason Netanyahu might have gone along with the Egypt deal was that it was expected that Egypt would succeed in acquiring submarines. In that case, it was preferred that they acquire a design Israel was familiar with as opposed to a less familiar design from Japan, France, South Korea or others.
Netanyahu said Saturday that he hadn’t informed the security establishment because there are ‚things that even the defense minister and the chief of staff don’t need to know‘ but claimed he has told the AG – who now denies it
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied any financial connection to the sale of German submarines to Egypt on Saturday evening and said his reasons for approving the sale are „state secrets.“ In addition, Netanyahu admitted that the decision was made without the involvement of the defense minister and the chief of staff.
The stench in the submarine affair is colossal. According to many former defense establishment officials, not necessarily among the leaders of Kahol Lavan, this is one of the biggest corruption cases in the country’s history. Netanyahu opened yet another Pandora’s box when in his request for funding, it turned out he made huge profits from an investment in shares, the approval of which raises big questions, to say the least.
In November, the police announced that it found sufficient evidence to charge Netanyahu’s lawyer, David Shimron, with facilitating bribery in the affair.
Shimron, who is also Netanyahu’s cousin, began representing Ganor in 2009. Police say Ganor used the family connection to Netanyahu to advance ThyssenKrupp’s interests in what became a deal worth nearly $2 billion for the company.
Vale ist ein wichtiger Kooperationspartner unter anderem von ThyssenKrupp; der deutsche Konzern hat im vergangenen Jahr in Parauapebas in der Region Carajás ein Servicezentrum für den Bergbau eröffnet. Vale hat darüber hinaus Kredite in dreistelliger Millionenhöhe von der Deutschen Bank erhalten. Die Geschäftsbeziehungen zu dem Unternehmen, das gemeinsam mit dem TÜV Süd die Verantwortung für die Dammbruchkatastrophe mit vermutlich mehr als 300 Todesopfern trägt, sind kein Zufall: Deutschland bezieht 55 Prozent seiner Eisenerzimporte aus Brasilien.
(9.11.2018) Haaretz’s crime reporter and defense expert answer questions on the corruption case in which the police seek indictments on people close to the prime minister
Die Polizei empfiehlt, in Zusammenhang mit dem Kauf von U-Booten aus Deutschland Anklage gegen sechs Personen zu erheben. Es geht um Bestechung, Geldwäsche und Betrug. Betroffen sind mehrere Leute aus dem Umfeld von Premier Netanjahu.
Charges relate to $2bn sale of German Thyssenkrupp submarines to Israel
Die Kriegsmarine der Bundeswehr forciert den Personalaustausch mit deutschen Rüstungsunternehmen und anderen Großkonzernen. So sollen etwa Techniker der Waffenschmiede ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems nach ihrer Gesellenprüfung mehrere Jahre lang auf U-Booten eingesetzt werden und dort ihren Meisterbrief erwerben.
(15.1.2018) Die gesetzliche Grundlage dafür liefere das Haushaltsrecht, sagt Otfried Nassauer vom Berliner Informationszentrum für Transatlantische Sicherheit (BITS). Er erklärt: „Die 540 Millionen Euro, mit denen Deutschland den U-Boot-Kauf Israels unterstützt, kommen aus dem Einzelplan 60 des Bundeshaushalts …
Scharmützel im griechischen Grenzgebiet, der Einmarsch in Syrien: Die Türkei bricht laut Experten Völkerrecht. Trotzdem darf ThyssenKrupp U-Boote an Ankara liefern.