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Merkel requested to suspend massively corrupt Israeli submarine deal

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In this regard it should be noted:

  • The purchase came into being through an unusual, irregular decision-making process, "over the objections of the defense establishment, including then-defense minister Moshe Ya'alon". [ ix ]

  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Uzzi Arad (previously Netanyahu's confidant) has repeatedly stated that today, government corruption is an "existential risk" for Israel.[ x ] In a recent interview, six (6) former Mossad Chiefs stated their concerns: "Something very bad happened to our leadership". [ xi ]

  • General dysfunction or incompetence of the Israeli law and justice agencies should also be taken into account. For example, in the Harpaz document scandal, which erupted eight (8) years ago, involving top Israeli security figures, including AG Mandelblit (then IDF Chief Advocate) himself as a suspect, justice has not been served yet. [ xii ] The Human Rights Alert-NGO submission and annex for the Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council provided extensive review of law and justice agencies in Israel today. [ xiii ] The submission was incorporated into the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights 2018 report with a note, which summarized it - "" serious deterioration in integrity of law and justice agencies... affirmed that the validity and integrity of any legal and judicial records of Israel should be deemed dubious at best." [ xiv ]

In sum:

At present, it appears that the submarine purchase agreement (MOU) is not serving Israel's security needs. On the other hand, the agreement is used as a pretext for undermining true investigation and justice in this matter. The agreement effectively undermines integrity of the Israeli government in general and the Rule of Law in particular. Therefore, you are kindly requested to reconsider your position in this matter and immediately suspend the agreement.

Truly,

Joseph Zernik, PhD

Human Rights Alert-NGO (RA)

LINKS:

i 2017-10-23 Germany, Israel sign agreement on submarine sale | Arutz Sheva

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/237100

ii 2017-01-19 Loyalist or prosecutor? Netanyahu graft probes put AG in uneasy spotlight | Times of Israel

https://www.timesofisrael.com/loyalist-witness-or-prosecutor-pm-graft-probes-put-attorney-general-in-uneasy-spotlight/

2018-01-24 Barak says Mandelblit should not handle PM's cases | Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Barak-says-Mandelblit-should-not-handle-PMs-cases-539672

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