Ya’alon response to submarine purchase scandal: “IDF had no need for them”

Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon responded for the first time to the new German submarine purchase scandal and claimed that the IDF had no need for them.
Netanyahu and Ya'alon Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Tonight (Thursday), former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon posted on Facebook: “Indeed, I vehemently opposed an increase in the navy’s fleet of three new submarines.”

“The IDF had no need for them at the time nor in the coming years due to operational, organizational and economic reasons,” Ya’alon continued. “My position was based on professional staff work performed thoroughly by the IDF and the Defense Ministry. I don’t know what was done and signed after I left the Defense Ministry but Raviv Drucker’s (journalist) publication is very disturbing and should lead to an examination of the relevant officials.”

As reported earlier by JOL, the submarine deal with Germany recently made headlines after Israel’s Channel 10 reported that Netanyahu’s personal lawyer represented the German company involved.

Netanyahu wanted the German submarines Photo credit: GPO/ Channel 2 News

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