Investigation will be opened for submarine scandal

Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced that he has decided to launch an investigation into the submarine ordeal after new significant information was discovered.
Israeli Attorney General launches investigation into Netanyahu's submarine scandal Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Israel's Attorney General announced this evening (Wednesday) that he is opening an investigation into the submarine scandal "in light of new information that the Israel Police received today as well as new developments."

Just at the beginning of the week, a meeting was held where it was agreed upon that the Israel Police would not be further involved with this ordeal. However, today, a similar meeting was held that included the Israel Police Chief Investigator Minnie Yitzchaki. Following today’s meeting, Mandelblit announced he would open an investigation. During the meeting, new materials and information that were gathered by the Israel Police in the last few days were discussed.

Submarines themselves will not be focus of investigation Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit/Channel 2 News

The investigation will not be focused on the Prime Minister, rather only on the lower ranked officials. Also, the reviews will be about the bidding for the purchase of the submarines as a way to secure the gas rigs, not specifically about the vessels themselves. Mandelblit was in possession of information that had not yet developed but today, Yitzchaki brought new material that obligated the Attorney General to call for an investigation.

"An earthquake is coming," said MK Erel Margalit of the Zionist Union in response to the news of an investigation. "After the Prime Minister's avoidance, lies and cover-ups in spite of all facts, the right decision was reached regarding the investigation. Only an investigation under caution into the Prime Minister will restore the faith in the governmental bodies' decisions regarding human life in every meaning of the word."

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