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Netanyahu receives warning from panel probing submarine purchase

Netanyahu receives warning from panel probing submarine purchase

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a state memorial ceremony for the victims of the 1948 Altalena affair, at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2024. (Credit: Shaul Golan/AFP)

An Israeli commission investigating suspected wrongdoing in government purchases of submarines and missile boats from Germany issued a warning to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.

The panel notified Netanyahu that based on evidence gathered thus far, it could ultimately determine that he had used his position as prime minister between 2009 and 2016 to greenlight the purchases without due process.

"By doing so, Netanyahu endangered the security of the state and harmed the state of Israel's foreign relations and economic interests," said the panel in its written decision, made public on Monday.

Netanyahu in response said that the submarines were central to Israel's security "in ensuring its existence against Iran, which is trying to destroy us."

"History will prove that Prime Minister Netanyahu was right on this issue as well and made the right decisions for the security of Israel," the statement from his office said.

The commission, established under the previous government in 2022, said that it will soon publish unclassified parts of the evidence collected during the probe into the deal, worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Netanyahu has struggled to salvage his security credentials since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas-led fighters, who killed 1,200 people and took more than 250 hostages to Gaza according to Israeli tallies. In the Israeli assault on Gaza that followed, more than 37,626 people have been killed according to Gaza health authorities. 

An Israeli commission
investigating suspected wrongdoing in government purchases of
submarines and missile boats from Germany issued a warning to
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.
The panel notified Netanyahu that based on evidence gathered
thus far, it could ultimately determine that he had used his
position as prime minister between 2009 and 2016 to...