New documents and testimonies reveal a system of bribery by the German corporation ThyssenKrupp. Some of the information states that IDF officers and Israeli officials were bribed under a ‘useful expenses’ account.
Archive Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Channel 2 News
Israel has been building its submarines in Germany for 2 decades. Several days following the Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s statement regarding the submarine deal affair, more disturbing details are revealed.
According to an inner document exposed by MK Erel Margalit, already in 2014 an inner probe of German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp conducted by an accounting firm showed that bribery has been paid to Israeli officials during the submarine deal. In order to account for the money the company used the account ‘useful expenses’. According to a document owned by a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp, money was also given to IDF Navy officers of different ranks.
The German bribery system also operated in South Africa, Greece and other countries. Payments were made by that same subsidiary to senior government officials from the Defense Minister to the President. The payments included sums of 20 million dollars in one case and 22 million dollars in another case and were transferred to their personal bank accounts or their relatives’ bank accounts.
MK Margalit travelled with the investigation team to Germany and brought back the documents to Israel. Following his trip, he sent a letter to Israel’s Attorney General: “The German corporation history is packed with cases of bribery of officials and heads of state regarding purchases by submarines and ships. The fact that it arrived in Israel requires an immediate criminal investigation.”
MK Margalit Photo credit: Flash 90/ Channel 2 News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office responded: “The acquisitions of the submarines under Prime Minister Netanyahu were made by the professional entities- the IDF, the Defense Ministry and the National Security Council. Any attempt to discredit Netanyahu by presenting his pictures in procurements made by previous administrations is a transparent attempt to mislead.”