Netanyahu faces conflict of interest in submarine deal
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.