Tel-Aviv, November 20 - last week, Israel police concluded the investigation of the Thyssenkrupp submarine deal with Israel. Police recommend the indictment of a list of PM Netanyahu's confidants, including his personal counsel. It is obvious that the deal, a very large military purchase, was tainted by bribes and corruption. However, in a mysterious way, PM Netanyahu has never been named a suspect, and has never been investigated as such. Although Netanyahu is the one who advanced the deal, he has consistently claimed that he knew nothing of the corruption surrounding it, including his closest confidants.
Former Defense Minister Yaalon, who objected to the purchase deal, and who was fired before the deal could be concluded, as well as various media reports accuse the law and justice system in subverting the investigation in order to patronize Netanyahu.
With multiple corruption investigations against Netanyahu, it has become obvious that the unreasonable appointment of his former Cabinet Secretary, Avichai Mandelblit, as Attorney General, has crippled the Israeli law and justice system...
The circumstances may remind the readers of conditions in the US. However, the level of corruption and conflicts of interest in Israel, related to the Netanyahu corruption scandals, are of a different league.
Following is the complete text of the address in front of the German Embassy in Tel-Aviv this morning
My name is Joseph Zernik, and I work under Human Rights Alert -- NGO:
- I have been investigating and reporting on corruption of the Israeli law and justice system for a decade.
- I am also one of those, who have been demonstrating now for two years near the residence of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, against his inaction and obfuscation relative to serious government corruption investigations -- first and foremost the Thyssenkrupp submarine deal.
From here, I call upon the Hon Chancellor Merkel and the Hon Justice and Consumer Protection Minister Barley to immediately suspend the Thyssenkrupp submarine deal with Israel.
The Thyssenkrupp submarine deal is not advancing Israeli security, and it has become a poison pill for the Israeli justice system and Israeli democratic institutions.
Just last week I have returned from Germany, where I was invited to present our work in Goettingen University Law School, in a colloquium of law professors from various European countries. I was invited to present and discuss our report on the Israeli justice system, which had been adopted by the UN Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review, in 2018.