Former Defense Minister Ya’alon attempted to thwart Netanyahu’s deal with German company

Close associates of former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon revealed that efforts were made to prevent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Germany regarding the purchase of three new submarines.
Netanyahu and Ya'alon Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon (GPO)/Channel 2 News

Recently, Israel’s submarine deal with Germany made headlines after Israel’s Channel 10 reported that Netanyahu’s personal lawyer David Shimron represented the German company involved. Today (Thursday), close associates of former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon revealed that intense efforts were made to thwart the deal, which was approved by Netanyahu.

About a year ago, the IDF recommended not to purchase the three new submarines within the next five years. In response, Netanyahu pressured the relevant officials in order to persuade them to purchase the submarines. However, the process was halted thanks to the information that the IDF gathered to support its claim and Ya’alon’s firm position regarding the matter.

Ya’alon’s close associates said that in February, a day before Netanyahu traveled to Germany in order to sign the deal without holding a discussion regarding the matter beforehand, Ya’alon discovered the prime minister’s intention. Ya’alon called an emergency meeting with Netanyahu and tried to prevent him from signing the deal.

The meeting between the two ended in an intense argument. The next day, Netanyahu traveled to Germany and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the German company. The Israeli security establishment still does not know exactly what was written in the MOU but Ya’alon’s associates claim that the document states that Israel will eventually purchase the submarines from Germany.

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