Netanyahu said he provided investigator with a full and detailed report regarding his indirect involvement in the case.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo Credit: Flash 90.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his first testimony on Tuesday over the contested ‘Submarine Affair’ (AKA ‘Case 2000’) between Germany and Israel. Israel’s national crime squad’s economic crime unit Lahav 433 arrived at his home on Balfur in Jerusalem on Tuesday to so that the prime minister could deliver his testimony.
Netanyhau was questioned for about six hours after a hiatus of three months, for the ninth time over this case and according to reports, this will not be his last investigation.
Investigators were delayed by a group of protestors for at least two minutes before they were able to enter Netanyahu’s residence, it was reported.
Netanyahu will also continue to be investigated in his role in Case 4000, in which he is suspected of making decisions that benefited Israeli telecommunications company Bezeq’s controlling shareholder Shaul Elovitch in exchange for positive coverage of the prime minister and his wife on the Walla website, owned by Elovitch.
Netanyahu will also be questioned regarding Case 2000 and his allegedly corrupt attempt to avoid negative coverage by bribing Israel’s top newspaper Yediot Aharonot’s publisher Noni Mozes.
Case 3000 is one of a series of cases underway since December of 2016. Netanyahu has not been found to be directly involved in the Case 3000, as in the other cases, but he allegedly knew the people involved, including some who were members of his family.
Case 3000 pertains to the involvement of a long list of businessmen, lawyers and top Israeli security officials in an allegedly bribed deal made between Israel and Germany for the purchase of three German dolphin class submarines and four Sa’ar 6 class corvettes.
Following his testimony, Netanyahu told reporters that he provided investigators with a full and detailed description of the rationales that lead him to his decision making in issues that pertain to the security of Israel. He also said he was “thankful for the opportunity given to me to clarify the whole picture and to put to rest the false accusations made against him by politicians and other sources.”