Ne­tanyahu faces con­flict of in­ter­est in sub­ma­rine deal

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

Dogged for decades by scan­dals rang­ing from how fam­ily trips were funded to enor­mous ice cream bills, Prime Min­is­ter Benjamin Ne­tanyahu of Is­rael is again un­der scru­tiny, this time over a bil­lion-dol­lar deal with Ger­many for the ac­qui­si­tion of three new sub­marines.

Po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents are call­ing for an in­quiry into what they view as the murky cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the frame­work agree­ment reached with Ger­many over the last year, ap­par­ently at Ne­tanyahu’s urg­ing, to buy the ves­sels.

Ne­tanyahu, one of Is­rael’s long­est serv­ing prime min­is­ters who is serv­ing a fourth term in of­fice.

The is­sue came to light when Is­rael’s Chan­nel 10 News re­ported last week that Ne­tanyahu’s per­sonal lawyer also rep­re­sents the Is­raeli agent of the Ger­man ship­yard that builds the sub­marines, ThyssenKrupp Marine Sys­tems. Both Ne­tanyahu and the lawyer, David Shim­ron, have de­nied any im­pro­pri­ety.

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